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Alli’s #CBR4 Review #33: Purge by Nicole Johns

Having an eating disorder is unfortunately an all too common condition in this world. I am not sure what it is that causes the brain to get all messed up about body image, but I do know that it never goes away. I often wonder what it would be like to eat “normally”, to not to have to worry about stuffing a whole box of chocolates in your face. I have come to terms with my own condition, and most of the time I do OK, but it will always be a concern and an effort to stay healthy. Then again, since I am hyper vigilant to others eating habits, I do see that no one really eats “normally” and the best I can hope for is to stay on a healthy path and not spend too much of my life stressing about body image.

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HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #08: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

Novels spanning family histories give the author an opportunity to create natural, compelling drama while highlighting certain social issues or historical events. I’ve always loved family histories, from Rich Man, Poor Man to East of Eden to anything by Wally Lamb, or Adriana Trigliani. This book was no different.

Purge focuses on Aliide, an older woman who lived through the major conflicts that have ripped Estonia apart during the twentieth century, who still lives in a small Estonian village. Aliide stumbles upon Zara in her yard, a sex trafficking victim, fluent in Estonian, who managed to escape her captors. Alternating between the two women’s perspectives, as well as flashing back to the past, the book is a heartbreaking tale of a family torn apart by the turmoil in Estonia over the past hundred years.

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