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I just finished the astounding Room by Emma Donoghue. This is not an easy read. The book is written from the perspective of five-year-old Jack who is trapped along with his mother in the tiny room (hence the title) where he was born and is being held captive. As a mother of young children, the subject matter was grueling, but Donoghue’s immense story-telling and writing talent made the book impossible to put down. How she managed to capture the thoughts of a small child so accurately and in a way that adults could still find compelling is an inspiration to me as a writer. I had one major problem with the plot which...[read on]About Love and Miss Communication, from the publisher:
This unforgettable debut novel asks us to look up from our screens and out at the world ... and to imagine what life would be like with no searches, no status updates, no texts, no Tweets, no pins, and no postsVisit Elyssa Friedland's website.
Evie Rosen has had enough. She's tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She's over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it's time to put down her smartphone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear—she's done that too!)
And that's when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn't mean you can also unplug from life.
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