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For a number of years and for no good reason, I steered clear of books about childhood. I suppose I had greater interest in narratives that spoke directly to my life-stage and circumstances. But how many of our current (adult) circumstances, challenges, patterns, and so on are derived from things we experienced as children?
Overwhelmingly, I believe we’re a product of things we were taught or exposed to as children, and how we navigate the past—particularly when it’s a source of discomfort—intrigues me. Thankfully, I overcame my aversion to stories about children, and in the past few years, I’ve read some truly stand-out novels which focus in large part on the lasting impacts of childhood events.
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