17 journalers for this copy...
"Stirfry is a coming-of-age novel about Maria, a seventeen-year-old girl from rural Ireland who comes to university in Dublin and accidentally moves in with a lesbian couple."
A witty and touching book. Emma Donoghue's first novel.
Update August 2007- this is now a European Bookray -
Hi, I've copied these guidelines from Daemonwolf, they seem sensible!
1) Everybody should leave a journal entry when receiving the book and after the read! Please let us all know what you think about it...
2) Also PM the next person on the list for a mailing address and when that person doesn't answer within 7 days MAX! please PM the one after...
3) Everybody should also try to read the book within a month, so that everyone gets chance to enjoy it in reasonable timescale
4) You can send the book via surface mail or airmail - that is completely up to you.
5) If you find you don't have the time to read it when it's your turn please PM and I'll move you to a later slot.
Participants, so far:
klaradyn South Africa
Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival mass release
Arrived safely today after it's long trip overseas. I'm in the middle of another ray now, but this one is up next and it will be moving in no time. Thanks for starting the ray!
Coming-of-age novel that relates the story of Maria, a college student in Dublin who answers an ad for an apartment share. Her new roomates Ruth and Jael are lesbians and are hesitant to reveal that to Maria lest she freak out. In time Maria discovers their secret, and in doing so discovers some truths about herself.
This book was sweet. I liked how the author portrayed Maria, and was satisfied with the resolution to the story. Thank you Triggerfish, I've never even heard of this book before, so was pleased at getting a chance to read it before I pick up Slammerkin.
I've pm'ed Futurecat for an address, and hope to get it moving along to the next reader soon.
1/11/07 - Will be mailing out tomorrow morning via surface mail. Hope it doesn't take forever to arrive.
Arrived safely in NZ today. I'd completely forgotten about joining this bookring, so it was a nice surprise!
Sorry, I actually finished reading this several days ago, but life intervened and I didn't get round to making a journal entry.
I really enjoyed this book - it's a really lovely wee story, and nicely told. Maria and her friends are believably drawn, too. Basically, a good read :-)
Thanks, FutureCat, from a past-it old cat.
Maria had an imagination on her. Do people still grow up that naive? A nice book.
Thanks, Triggerfish. I'll send it off to akashafamily ASAP.
Posted to akashafamily today.
Arrived safely yesterday, thanks catsalive.
A good book about self discovery.
Now on it's way to masiosare.
The book arrived safely yesterday. I started reading it right away.
I enjoyed the book very much. It is always interesting to read the first book published by a given author, in many cases is like seeing the skeleton of their future work. Despite its apparent lightweight, the book offers a lot of food for thought about self-discovery.
Book is on its way to Apolonia. Have fun!
The book has arrived here safely, I should be starting it in the next few days.
Even though I was looking forward to this one, I just can''t get into it. I will be passing it along to the next person in the ring this week.
Received today and will get to reading to get it off to the next person...
Edited to add...
I enjoyed the book. It was an interesting read. I had to look at the published date because some of the reactions and whatnot seemed silly to me. I actually had to ask a friend about that time period and our reactions to the situations in the book. I guess growing up in such a liberal state, I take it for granted that people are more understanding of these things. And the fact that my best friends sister came out right around our high school years so it was always a fact in my life. You just accepted.
I think the relationship between the girls was intricate and detailed. I enjoyed...
This arrived yesterday. Will read and send on as soon as possible.
I thought this was a lovely story, with engaging characters. I read Donoghue's Slammerkin a while ago, and am now looking forward to reading Hood. Pleased to have "discovered" this author!
Will make a trip to the post office by the end of the week to post this to TracyR.
Travelling to TracyR via airmail.
Journal Entry 20
on Friday, September 14, 2007
Book has arrived safely with me. I will get on to this as soon as i have finished my current read.
Journal Entry 21
on Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Enjoyed this book, especially the character of Maria.
Will send this on as soon as have the next address.
Received today - thank you! This is 3rd on the book ring TBR!!!! but I should get to it within the regulation month...
A nice read. I promoted this above BookRing 2 as it fit better into my work bag! I found the stuff about women's groups very nostalgic, taking me back to my University days, when there was a lot of militant feminism and male chauvinists butting up against each other. Does that happen now? I remember someone from one of my literature classes having a real go at me because they saw me sitting on the stairs in the Student Union talking to a bloke! Shock, horror!
Anyway, a jolly read with some tense and well-done moments. Will PM next reader tonight and send it on this Saturday or next. Still within the time limit - phew!
Journal Entry 24
Sent to another BookCrosser in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Friday, November 30, 2007
Released 13 yrs ago (12/1/2007 UTC) at Sent to another BookCrosser in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Posting on Saturday.
This arrived safely here in the Alps today. Thanks so much. It's not a very long book although I do have another mega-ray to read first, and despite the holidays have a lot of work. Looks fun though. Thanks for including me in this ring
Quick and enjoyable read about a coming of age, if not precisely a coming out. Sorry it took me so long to get to this, but I'm glad to have discovered this author who was new for me. I'll pm to confirm the next address. Thanks for making it available.
Journal Entry 27
BookRing in UTILISER 'Libération contrôlée' > Pays > Province > Ville, .---controlled release---. Switzerland on Monday, January 14, 2008
Released 13 yrs ago (1/14/2008 UTC) at BookRing in UTILISER 'Libération contrôlée' > Pays > Province > Ville, .---controlled release---. Switzerland
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This is now on its way down from the snowy Alps to Germany. Thanks so much for making this available - I'd be interested in reading later work by this author, too.
Nice book! It read like a movie...nothing spectacular, but good entertainement. Thanks for sharing! Will be send on as soon as possible.
Journal Entry 30
at on Monday, March 24, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (3/25/2008 UTC) at
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Will be send to hippolein tomorrow...
book arrived safely in Helsinki!
Thanks Triggerfish for sharing your book! Looking forward to having a look at it!
Can't thank enough for this book, was a real good read, not just one of those easy-reading books but with some idea behind it. Liked it a lot, and am glad so many have been able to read it already and still more to come!
Was very pleased to get a chance to read this book, as I'm interested in getting to know some Irish contemporary writers, and something about lesbian women interests me too (haven't really "bumped" into these so often in the library so it's good at least dh Hippolein is active here now...!)(dh=dear husband).
I think the book was well written, esp the main character Maria well portrayed, and enjoyed the names of the chapters too. (I liked it that the book had some depth to it too, not "*too* easyreading"...!) I definitely hope to get to read more by this (and maybe similar) authors!
Book leaves today for Germany! Hope it arrives safely there.
The book arrived here savely yesterday and I'm looking forward to reading it.
At first I couldn't really warm up to Maria's character. She seems very naive and shy in the beginning, but as the books develops the story, so does Maria and I thought that the last chapters are the most interesting and intense ones.
This book arrived in LeishaCamden's mailbox today. What a well travelled book, fantastic!! A wonderful addition to our project. :-)
Thank you, everyone, and of course Triggerfish especially!!
Journal Entry 38
Cinemateket in Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway on Monday, June 23, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (6/23/2008 UTC) at Cinemateket in Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
The book will be released somewhere in the lobby of the Cinematheque, or in the café.
Maybe upstairs. :-)