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Episode 139: Summer of Second Chances, Penelope Lively (“The Five Thousand and One Nights”)

Back in Episode 105, we read Penelope Lively’s novel Making It Up, and boy did we not care for it one bit. But maybe we just picked the wrong book, and we’d enjoy something else by this Booker Prize-winning author. So in the spirit of our seasonal theme, we decided to give Lively’s work a second chance. We read two stories from her 1997 collection, The Five Thousand and One Nights, including the title story, plus a story about an unhappy couple on a bus trip in Australia.

Here’s a picture of the author wearing a very nice hat.


Also this week, we share a listener-submitted story of literary second chances, and Mike shares some advice on getting back together (or not) with your ex. Plus Tom talks about getting dumped via Fleetwood Mac lyrics.

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