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The Favorites by Mary Yukari Waters

The Favorites: A Novel - Mary Yukari Waters

Deliciously delightful throughout. Yes, the story meanders a bit, and it might feel like not much happens overall. But the journey is what makes this book.The details of the scenery and surroundings are simple, but they slow you down and make you want to savor the images created in your mind. I wanted to pause after a section or chapter, just to let it sit in my mind before moving to something new.It is definitely a book about culture, but also about relationships, mainly about how things aren't always so black and white. The characters felt very real to me, and I wanted to step into their shoes a bit more, even if just to see the places they inhabited.Lovely.