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16 Days in WA – Book #16

16. Educated

by Tara Westover

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the end of days; she spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.

As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties.

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16 Days in WA – Book #15

15. Ghost Wall

by Sarah Moss

Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life.

Haunting Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax. Ghost Wall is a masterclass in the art of the short, unnerving novel; a story of forbidden borders, haunted landscapes and bodies in danger.

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16 Days in WA – Book #12

12. See What You Made Me Do

by Jess Hill

Women are abused or killed by their partners at astonishing rates.

In Australia, almost 17 per cent of women over the age of fifteen – one in six – have been abused by an intimate partner. In this confronting and deeply researched account, journalist Jess Hill uncovers the ways in which abusers exert control in the darkest – and most intimate – ways imaginable. See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

 

 

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16 Days in WA – Book #13

13. My Name Is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed.

They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how she eventually moved to the big city, got married and had kids. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she’s made: wondering what is lost and what is yet to be found. From Lucy’s hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories – however painful – that bind a family together.

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16 Days in WA – Book #14

14. Anything is Possible

by Elizabeth Strout

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in Anything is Possible.

The story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer. This short story collection explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

 

 

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