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What I've been reading: September and October

A varied selection of books this month - featuring two of the best books I've read this year.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and The Muse by Jessie Burton were both brilliant.

Little Fires Everywhere is set in the 1990s, in a suburb of Cleveland where most things are predictable and people get on with their lives, playing by the rules.  The four children in the Richardson family are obeying or rebelling in their own ways, and then artist Mia arrives with her daughter and they become involved with the Richardsons.  A local family, friends of the Richardsons, tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby and this custody battle splits the town, and families.  It's a gorgeous story, beautifully written, and I stayed up late to finish it (as did a colleague when I passed my copy on to her!).

I enjoyed The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and The Muse was even better.  Two intertwined stories are set in Spain in the 1930s and London in 1967 - I enjoyed the Spanish sections more than the …

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