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The Girl Before sounds really cool! An upcoming screen adaptation is the best reason to get into a novel. It's the reason I read Great Expectations, way back in the 90s - I was a Lit major but had missed that one up til then, so I decided I should encounter it before encountering Ethan's and Gwyneth's versions of the characters. It's also the reason I read Bridgerton, which I would not normally have read (and actually did not finish!) Meanwhile, I have read every single thing Zadie Smith has ever written, including, I believe!, the nonfiction! But, for some reason I cannot get into Elizabeth Strout. I believe the problem is on my end! Anyway, thanks for these great reviews - I'm looking forward to getting more of your book-takes!

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