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Women • Fiction • Life

My maternity leave: 12 weeks, 12 books, one sweet little baby, and a whole lot of Bookstagram. Since I was recovering from a c-section and nursing my husband and I’s daughter, maternity leave consisted of me sitting around. A lot. This was hard for me. I’m not one of those women who enjoy breastfeeding and …

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“Like swallows, like salmon, we were the helpless captives of our migratory patterns. We pretended that what we had lost was the house, not our mother, not our father. We pretended that what we had lost had been taken from us by the person who still lived inside…” – Danny in The Dutch House by …

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“Is there in the whole field of history, or of fiction even, one instance of female heroism to compare for one moment with this?” – The Times, September 19, 1838 In a tired haze, I downloaded the ebook of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor from my public library. I was about half way …

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“It’s because she is beautiful, you know. That’s all it is. They don’t really care about the rest of it. She gets a pass at life.” – Korede about her sister Ayoola in My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Nigeria, West Africa. A little sister who, literally, gets away with murder. That’s Ayoola. …

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