Hey Natalie — this was such a great post and it just took me too long to post my own, as I got lost in memories and descriptions. I don’t really do well with finishing series so that’s pretty impressive. These are 5 books/novellas that influenced my reading (and writing):

Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
My Brother (Jamaica Kincaid)
The Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel García Márquez)

Storyteller in orbit, panning for gold clusters of creativity. New book: “Wearing Her Footsteps” — https://books2read.com/b/wearingherfootsteps

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