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Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Someone Else's Conflict
Alison Layland
January 2015 Debut of the Month. A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and ferocity....
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
January 2015 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2014. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
January 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers from arachnophobia. He has a lisp, a problem talking and is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst
A Booker winner which was first published in 2005, it tells of Nick Guest’s life as a lodger with a privileged tory London family of which Nick was at Oxford with the son. Set in the 80s it is social...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In one we meet George,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Tiger with a Human Soul
Barbara Bisco
A dual-time feast for the senses from the author of A Taste of Green Tangerines. It begins in Java 1200 years ago and at the end even peeks into the future. It centres around the relationships formed by an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/07/2014
     

The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker
This stunning debut has a fascinating premise that 'the earth is slowing down' and it provides a unique framework for this memorable, haunting and bittersweet coming of age novel. It is seen through the eyes and experiences of Julia, an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of art and its organic relationship with the human soul, The Miniaturist is an absolute delight of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

A Taste for Green Tangerines
Barbara Bisco
Disillusioned with her London Life, anthropologist Bethany Parker accepts an offer to work with an international team of environmentalists on an eco-tourism project in the Indonesian rainforest. Thrust into a lush and sometimes brutal world of tribal traditions and erotic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2009
     

The Lightning Tree
Emily Woof
A wonderful book about two people whose paths cross throughout their lives and whereas we know they should be together, they do not. Beautifully written and lightly philosophical, it is also a page-turning gem as Ursula pursues her dreams, goes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live hand-to-mouth like rats scavenging for food and essentials in a constant state of fear. You can feel the atmosphere dripping off the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2015
     

Reader Reviewed Now That I've Found You
Ciara Geraghty
A brilliant tale written from the point of view of a single dad of two bruised kids, especially the boy, for their mum, Paula, suffering from bipolar disease, walked out. Dad, Vinnie, is a taxi driver so he can be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2015
     

Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Photograph
Kate Riordan
The suppression of women dominates this sad, dual-time tale. Alice, a disgraced pregnant girl, is sent to the country by her mother in 1933. She is fascinated by the history of the house she hides in and feels the presence...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Reader Reviewed The Book of Lost and Found
Lucy Foley
January 2015 Debut of the Month. One of those involved family dramas of uncertain parentage, mystery and secrets. Wonderful stuff. It concerns a young woman,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites. This is present day. A 16-year old girl is down by the river at the time and not seen. Two black servants are at church and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
Winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel 2014. Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013. Having won...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed with for Elizabeth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Inflicted
Ria Frances
An intelligent and wisely written novel that deals with several difficult topics with sensitivity and understanding. Set in the year 2010 and proving that friendship can cross many boundaries including age, 16 year old Theo meets Anna at the very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Night of the Water Spirits
Barbara Bisco
An intriguing, involving and at times surprising family saga of two cousins over many turbulent years. Set mostly in Thailand and taking in the dreadful Boxing Day tsunami, I personally felt hungry for more cultural detail but loved the eventful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/07/2011
     

Inherent Vice
Thomas Pynchon
It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Summertime
Vanessa LaFaye
Florida, 1935. Heron Key is a small town where the relationships are as tangled as the mangrove roots in the swamp. Everyone is preparing for the 4th of July barbecue, unaware that their world is about to change for ever....
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Mobile Library
David Whitehouse
Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for her to return home. Bobby thinks that he's been left to face the world alone until he meets lonely single mother Val...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

10:04
Ben Lerner
In the past year, the narrator of 10:04 has enjoyed unexpected literary success, been diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, and been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. Now, in a New York of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2014
     

The City
Dean Koontz
No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his storytelling powers with this major new novel - a rich, multi-layered story that moves back and forth across decades and generations as a gifted musician relates...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Wrote for Luck
D.J. Taylor
For two decades D.J. Taylor has been one of the UK's most celebrated biographers, novelists and critics. During this time, he has also quietly and consistently produced some of the finest short stories in contemporary fiction.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2015
     

The Wind is Not a River
Brian Payton
A stunning tale of love and survival against all odds, for fans of Cold Mountain April 1943. In the bloody turmoil of war, John Easley, a journalist mourning his lost brother, is driven to expose a hidden and growing conflict:...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Vigilante
Shelley Harris
Jenny Pepper never expected to end up like this. Tired of her job and the domestic grind, and bewildered by her teenage daughter, one night Jenny stumbles into a vigilante rescue. Suddenly her world is exciting again - and she's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

The Way Inn
Will Wiles
'The Way Inn' takes the polished surfaces of modern life, the branded coffee and the free wifi, and twists them into a nightmare. The Way Inn is a global chain of identikit mid-budget hotels, and Neil Double is a valued...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Tigerman
Nick Harkaway
Lester Ferris, sergeant of the British Army, is a good man in need of a rest. He's spent a lot of his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. He has no...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
Anna McPartlin
Here is a truth that can't be escaped: for Mia 'Rabbit' Hayes, life is coming to an end...Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Skin
Tobias Hill
In an isolated trailer home in the far north of Japan, an old criminal scrutinizes his tattooed skin while he waits for the past to catch up with him. A year later, the life of a young policeman breaks down...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

The Restoration of Otto Laird
Nigel Packer
Otto Laird is outraged ...The peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence of this elderly, retired architect is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s tower block council estate in south London is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2015
     

In the Light of Morning
Tim Pears
Both a war novel of the first order and a love story of devastating power, In the Light of Morning is a magnificent new work by one of Britain's finest writers, Tim Pears, the highly acclaimed author of Disputed Land...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

Her
Harriet Lane
Two women; two different worlds. Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent - entirely in control. When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn't the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
Romain Puertolas
Armed only with a counterfeit 100-Euro note, Ajatashatru the fakir arrives in Paris. His mission? To acquire a splendid new bed of nails. His destination? IKEA. Once there he finds an obliging wardrobe in which to lay his head, only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

Dead Girl Walking
Christopher Brookmyre
Life is dangerous when you have everything to lose. Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/01/2015
     

After the Storm
Jane Lythell
A man who had no voice. A woman who helped him find it. Rob and Anna have only just met Owen and Kim. Now they've chartered their handsome old boat to take them to a far off island in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2015
     

High Crime Area Tales of Darkness and Dread
Joyce Carol Oates
A collection of darkly compelling tales from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates. A young professor is convinced she's being followed, but when she confronts her shadow events take an unexpected turn...A promising student attempts to save her brother...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

Waterland Picador Classic
Graham Swift
With an introduction by John Burnside Children, only animals live entirely in the Here and Now. Only nature knows neither memory nor history. But man - let me offer you a definition - is the story-telling animal. Tom Crick is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Winter
Christopher Nicholson
From the author of the Costa Best Novel-shortlisted 'The Elephant Keeper', a poignant imagining of Thomas Hardy's relationship with his last muse. In the winter of 1924 the most celebrated English writer of the day, 84-year-old Thomas Hardy, was living...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     


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Reader Reviewed Lucia on Holiday A Mapp & Lucia Novel
Guy Fraser-Sampson
Lucia on Holiday is a new addition to the Mapp and Lucia canon, based on the immortal characters first created by E.F. Benson. Perfect reading for followers of Benson's original...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Enchanted
Rene Denfeld
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Once you start, you will find it difficult...
 
 
 


Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A fabulous and surprising read about an English lit graduate taking a lowly job in the kitchen of a Camden restaurant but mostly...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. 59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you really need to keep your wits about you to sort out who is who and what...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
One of our Books of the Year 2014. After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author to follow with another as good....
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites. This is present day. A 16-year old girl is down by the river at the time...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
One of our Books of the Year 2014. In Tangiers an earthquake rips through the town swallowing buildings including Harry and Robin’s home and Dillon, their sleeping three year old son...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the history of Thessalonika in The Thread, Victoria Hislop returns to a Mediterranean...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Denis Theriault
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Deceptively clever and utterly compelling, this beautifully written little book will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you've...
 
 
 


Us
David Nicholls
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal...
 
 
 


The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has changed publishers so her new one is reissuing her work. This...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant,...
 
 
 


The American Lover
Rose Tremain
One of our Books of the Year 2014. The American Lover has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. A collection of sensitive, absorbing and beautifully rendered stories. Only...
 
 
 


Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You
Alice Munro
'Alice Munro's stories are miraculous.' Sunday Times 'No one else can - or should be allowed to - write like the great Alice Munro.' Julian Barnes 'She sets down the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Loved Rain They Say That What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You. They're Wrong.
Gerard Kelly
December 2014 Book of the Month. A dramatic, suspenseful, atmospheric tale of a happy, normal teenage boy suddenly tormented by nightmares which fill...
 
 
 


Ostrich
Matt Greene
Growing up is hard enough without a deadline. Alex has a story to tell. He just doesn't know what kind of story it is yet. He's got a lot of...
 
 
 


The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix
Paul Sussman
'My name is Raphael Ignatius Phoenix and I am a hundred years old - or will be in ten days' time, in the early hours of January 1st, 2000, when...
 
 
 


The Strange Library
Haruki Murakami
'All I did was go to the library to borrow some books'. On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes...
 
 
 


Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once. The Peacock has closed...
 
 
 

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The Blue Book
Christopher Bowden
A charming, gentle tale about the discovery of a note in a second hand novel. The note is a quote from T S Elliot’s The Wasteland and reads like a...
 
 
 


The Yellow Room
Christopher Bowden
Right from the beginning this book piques your interest and draws you in to the mystery and inhabitants of an old country house. Moving between the present and 1950’s England...
 
 
 


The Red House
Christopher Bowden
With his 3rd novel Christopher Bowden, once again, has created an intriguing, page-turning, literary mystery with a beautifully drawn cast of characters. A common theme in his writing involves 'things...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Eighty-something...
 
 
 


In the Light of What We Know
Zia Haider Rahman
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. An investment banker approaching forty, in the midst of his career collapsing and marriage unravelling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. Confronting...
 
 
 


The Lives of Others
Neel Mukherjee
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. There are a lot of books about India, this is one of the best. It is a huge...
 
 
 


The Night Guest
Fiona McFarlane
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014. In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one...
 
 
 


House of Ashes
Monique Roffey
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. The City of Silk is seething. The corrupt government has been ruling over the people too long and the city is becoming restless. Then...
 
 
 


Six Stories and an Essay
Andrea Levy
None of my books is just about race, Levy has said. They're about people and history. Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have...
 
 
 


Forgotten Fitzgerald Echoes of a Lost America
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sarah Churchwell
While F. Scott Fitzgerald was writing the novels we remember him for today, he was also publishing short stories in popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Esquire....
 
 
 


J
Howard Jacobson
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for,...
 
 
 


The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Everyone knows the date of the Battle of Hastings. Far fewer people know what happened next...Set in the three...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is a strange series where famous authors have been asked to give a modern version of...
 
 
 


Goat Mountain
David Vann
This is a shocking, suspenseful and daring new novel from one of the greatest American writers at work today, whose previous books include Caribou Island, Dirt and Legend of a...
 
 
 


The Good Children
Roopa Farooki
Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another. In 1940s Lahore, the Punjab, two brothers and two sisters are beaten and browbeaten into 'good children'. Each has a destiny to...
 
 
 


I Refuse
Per Petterson
'Tommy. How long have we been friends.' 'All of our lives,' Tommy said. 'I can't remember us ever not being friends. When would that have been.' Jim said. 'I think...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the...
 
 
 


Infidelities
Kirsty Gunn
What can one say about such a collection of stories on infidelity except read them. They cover the spectrum, divided into three sections, “Going Out”, “Staying Out” and “Never Coming...
 
 
 


The Green Door
Christopher Bowden
An absorbing and stimulating read with a slightly supernatural chill. Barrister Clare needs to keep her well known level head and her mettle about her when a meeting with a...
 
 
 


Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit and Other Stories
P. G. Wodehouse
A baker's dozen of P.G. Wodehouse's finest short stories.Aunts, engagements, misunderstandings and hangover cures; this delightful collection from 'the greatest chronicler of a certain kind of Englishness'. Julian Fellowes brings...
 
 
 


The Age of Magic
Ben Okri
We haven’t had a new Ben Okri for some five years so this is something of a celebration. Sadly it is not quite magical enough, not in the same league...
 
 
 


The Dig
Cynan Jones
Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark...
 
 
 


The Goddess and the Thief
Essie Fox
A romantic lush Victorian gothic novel, complex in scope and concept but glorious in execution. Alice, whose mother died not long after she was born, has been raised in India,...
 
 
 


The Hilltop
Assaf Gavron
Hailed as The Great Israeli Novel (Time Out Tel Aviv) and winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West...
 
 
 


Hidden Knowledge
Bernardine Bishop
'Outdoes Muriel Spark and Evelyn Waugh' Margaret Drabble, Observer Accused of child abuse, Father Roger Tree confesses at once; it masks a darker secret. Meanwhile his sister Romola faces a...
 
 
 


In America Travels with John Steinbeck
Geert Mak
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to...
 
 
 


Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose
Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and...
 
 
 


Some Luck
Jane Smiley
The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America. 1920. After his return...
 
 
 


Amnesia
Peter Carey
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 Book of the Month. A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a...
 
 
 


Zebra Crossing
Meg Vandermerwe
Ghost. Ape. Living dead. Young and albino, Chipo has been called many things, but to her mother - Zimbabwe's most loyal Manchester United supporter - she had always been a...
 
 
 


Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy
Stella Duffy
Maxim Jakubowski November 2014 Highly Recommended. London-based New Zealand-bred author and actress Duffy is known for her crime books, her fiercely feminist historical...
 
 
 


Time and Time Again
Ben Elton
It's the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has...
 
 
 


Outline A Novel
Rachel Cusk
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the...
 
 
 


The Absent Therapist
Will Eaves
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. The Absent Therapist is a book of soundings, a jostle of voices that variously argue, remember, explain, justify, speculate and meander . . . Sons...
 
 
 


Nora Webster
Colm Toibin
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster...
 
 
 


Academy Street
Mary Costello
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime. She stood on the edge of the grass. She hovered between worlds, deciphering the...
 
 
 


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