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Dance Lessons

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Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney
digital galley provided by NetGalley
expected publication date: March 30, 2011
Description from publisher website:
A year after her husband’s death in a sailing accident off Martha’s Vineyard, Ellen Boisvert bumps into an old friend. In this chance encounter, she discovers that her immigrant husband of almost fifteen years was not an orphan after all. Instead, his aged mother Jo is alive and residing on the family’s isolated farm in the west of Ireland.


Faced with news of her mother-in-law incarnate, the thirty-nine-year-old American prep school teacher decides to travel to Ireland to investigate the truth about her husband Fintan and why he kept his family’s existence a secret for so many years.

Between Jo’s hilltop farm and the lakeside village of Gowna, Ellen begins to uncover the mysteries of her Irish husband’s past and the cruelties and isolation of his rural childhood. Ellen also stumbles upon Fintan’s long-ago romance with a local village woman, wi…

Book Blogger Hop

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It's Friday! That means  it's time for Book Blogger Hop hosted by Jenn at Crazy For Books. This is a fun meme where bloggers get to find new and interesting blogs to read and follow. Post your link, answer the question, find fun new blogs to read.

This week's question for Book Blogger Hop is:  
Who is your all-time favorite book villain?"
Oh my! This is a good one!  I probably have several, but since I have been reading The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss lately, the only one I can think of right away is Ambrose.  He is such a horrible person -- so far, anyway. I don't know how the book or the series will end, but right now, Ambrose is my favorite villain. Is favorite the right word? Because I really don't like him.

You

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You by Nuala Ni Chonchuir
purchased from Kennys Bookshop
Description from publisher website:
Debut novel from established short-story writer and poet about a 10-year-old girl who lives with her separated mother and two brothers. Set against the semi-urban backdrop of the River Liffey in 1980, the story unfolds through the narrator’s observations and interactions, and her naïve interpretations of adult conversations and behaviour. Heartbreaking at times, but also optimistic, humorous and enchanting.

My take:
This book was sent to me by Des Kenny in my latest parcel through Kennys bookclub*. I had no expectations about the book except that it must be good because all the books Des sends are good. This book was rather unusual -- I have never read another book written quite like this one.  Rather than try to explain, let me demonstrate by quoting the first few lines of the book:
Your ma used up all the juice again. Last week you asked could she get two cartons of orange from now on, instead o…