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Reader of mostly #contemporary #fiction, occasionally #thrillers, #fantasy and #scifi, in English and Italian.

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Rebecca Makkai: The Great Believers (2019, Penguin Books) 4 stars

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss …

The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai. Set in Chicago from 1986 and Paris in 2015, and it's about gay men and the women in their lives, AIDS, relationships. Well written and engaging, made me research the history of AIDS (grim, another pandemic of our times and, interestingly, mainly transmitted by heterosexual people) and of condoms (they weren't used to prevent the transmission of diseases before) #TheGreatBelievers #RebeccaMakkai #bookclub @bookstodon (posted here as well as on mastodon)

Lionel Shriver: The new republic (2012, HarperCollins) No rating

"Ostracized as a kid, Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. A disgruntled New …

A quite bitter and judgemental ex-lawyer turned journalist is sent to a remote (fictional) land where a terrorist group has come to the world's attention. I'm at around 30% and it's not that easy to read, but it's keeping my interest up. The main character is not relatable but somehow I wish him good! @bookstodon #TheNewRepublic #LionelShriver

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