Your Preview Verdict: The Things We See in the Light by Amal Awad

Your Preview Verdict: The Things We See in the Light by Amal Awad

Eight years ago, Sahar pursued her happily ever after when she married Khaled and followed him to Jordan, leaving behind her family, her friends and a thriving cake business. But married life didn’t go as planned and, haunted by secrets, Sahar has returned home to Sydney without telling her husband.

With the help of her childhood friends, Sahar hits the reset button on her life. She takes a job at a local patisserie run by Maggie, a strong but kind manager who guides Sahar in sweets and life.

But as she tentatively gets to know her colleagues, Sahar faces a whole new set of challenges. There’s Kat and Inez, who are determined that Sahar try new experiences. Then there’s Luke, a talented chocolatier and a bundle of contradictions.

As Sahar embraces the new, she reinvents herself, trying things once forbidden to her. But just when she is finally starting to find her feet, her past finds its way back to her.

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This novel grabbed hold of me and pulled me in and refused to let me go until I’d finished. I was immediately drawn to Sahar and the story of her past journey in Jordan, married to a man she barely knew, as it is slowly revealed to us, as well as her present journey discovering who she is now she has taken control of her life. I loved that Sahar was in her 40s and still discovering who she was, there’s hope for me still. The cast of characters surrounding Sahar were so wonderfully varied, all with quirks and their own issues. My favourite was Luke, I enjoyed watching him open up and in turn cause Sahar to open up to new possibilities also. I loved this story, it spoke to me in many ways, a story of friendship, love, of journeys with plenty of lessons to learn along the way, I enjoyed every minute of it. Claire, WA, 5 Stars

When I first picked up The Things We See in The Light, I was expecting it to be a run of the mill chick-lit book. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was much more than that! From page one I was hooked on Sahar’s character. Sahar has recently returned to Sydney from Jordan, leaving her husband in the latter country. We follow Sahar on a journey of self-discovery and finding her own freedom now that she does not have to live up to the expectations of her husband, her family or her religion. One of Sahar’s freedoms is to get a job in a patisserie, and we watch as her relationships flourish from merely colleagues to friends who then help Sahar in her quest to reinvent herself. This novel has a bit of everything – culture, religion, romance, humour, drama – but it is all done in a balanced way. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys losing themselves in a book. Catherine, QLD, 5 Stars

This book is a beautifully written journey of self-discovery and transformation. Written from Sahar’s perspective, you are taken on that intimate journey whilst she is challenged to examine her long held, and often rigid, beliefs. The dark secrets Sahar is attempting to hide, which were unexpected, eventually make their way out into the open, with consequences she doesn’t anticipate. I really enjoyed the way Sahar’s story was presented and how it unfolded, as well as the inclusion of relevant quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The addition of an Arabic glossary was very helpful and allowed for further flow to the story. I especially loved having Sahar’s playlist at the end of the book. It was very easy to become completely immersed in the story, and the characters’ lives. Sahar, and her story, stayed with me for a few days after I had finished it. The Things We See in the Light is a very enjoyable read about family, friendships, grief, growth and love. Ultimately, though, I feel it is a story of how we all see ourselves in the world and how that has the potential to change. Chrissie, WA, 5 Stars

We think darkness is what transforms us. But what of the things we see in the light? Eight years after she married Khaled and followed him to Jordan, Sahar returns to Sydney without him. Wounded by scars both visible and invisible and haunted by secrets, Sahar is welcomed home by old friends and the healing process begins. An accomplished home cook, she finds a job in a patisserie café and chocolate shop but has to start as a junior which is just the first of the challenges she now faces in this next phase of her life. With the love, support and encouragement of friends old and new, she begins to reinvent herself. Forced to face the past, she finally is able to grieve for what she has lost and move forward. Sahar’s journey of self-discovery is one of love, loss, friendship and chocolate. Letting go of the past and heading towards the light and the endless possibilities the future holds is just the beginning. Amal Awad has written a beautiful story. I loved learning about a culture I know so little of and the world of the chocolate makers. Sarah, NSW, 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit unsure about The Things We See in the Light at first and it took a chapter or 2 to get into the story but I kept reading on and I am so glad I did. There was a moral message through the characters, cultural diversity and journey. I highly recommend it. Hannelie, WA, 5 Stars

This wasn’t what I was expecting to read. I was blown away. Absolutely enjoyed this book by Amal. The characters were captured perfectly and you could imagine yourself being drawn into some of the scenarios. Very well written. Annette, NSW, 5 Stars

Sahar, a woman pushing forty, has returned to Sydney after leaving her controlling husband with whom she has spent the past eight years in Jordan. She arrives on the doorstop of her friend Lara and it is here that her journey to self discovery and a new outlook begins. A strict childhood and unhappy marriage created boundaries that can now be stretched and redefined. After taking on a job in a pastry/chocolate shop, Sahar embarks on an experiment suggested by her friends and workmates to try and experience those things she missed out on during her teenage and young adult life. What follows is a thoughtful and inspiring narrative where Sahar follows her destiny from naive innocence to a place of belonging and peace. The Fool finds her place in The World. And perhaps, despite some speed bumps, finds Love along the way? Amal Awad has crafted a novel that gently enfolds you and whispers truths you need to know. So much about Sahar spoke to me personally and although it took me a few pages to fall into the rhythm, I loved every moment. Thanks to Better Reading Preview for the uncorrected proof copy. Lesley, SA, 5 Stars

An absolutely gorgeous story about friendship and facing fears. I found myself taken on a journey with Sahar and her friends as they all work together to rebuild Sahar’s passion in life. A story that will resonate with anyone experiencing a cross road in their life and fill them with hope. I will miss these characters. Dianne, SA, 5 Stars

This book was warm, sweet and unexpected. A wonderful emotional journey from heartbreak to wholeness. A love story you never expected. This book is about transformation, courage, inner turmoil…all the feelings that occur when you’re not being yourself. I love that it explored topics that are often avoided. A powerful read and highly recommend. This book is a journey! Andreea, ACT, 5 Stars

A great story of transformation and finding the courage to change your life. Sahar was a likeable character and I enjoyed following her journey from Sydney to Jordan and back again. Her desire to make her life more meaningful and joyful is something everyone can relate to. It would be a great book club book as there is so much to discuss and so many themes to explore. The descriptions of making the pastries and chocolate were mouthwatering. I enjoyed Sahar’s Soundtrack at the end of the book and I created a Spotify playlist to continue my engagement with the book. Julie, NSW, 5 Stars

The Things We See In The Light by Amal Awad is a beautifully written story about self discovery, friendship, love and grief. The main character Sahar has run away home to Sydney after eight years in Jordan. A deeply traumatic event causes her to abandon her loveless marriage and initiates her return to the loving arms of her child hood friends. Sahar has had a deeply repressed youth and is very innocent and sees marriage as an escape. She throws herself into work at a patisserie in order to hide from her emotions, but her friends can sense that she is holding something back. To help her in her quest for reinvention her friends (both new & old) set her a series of challenges to complete. The characters are believable and I had a real interest in their individual stories. The descriptions of the cakes and chocolates at Maggie’s (the patisserie) were mouth watering. This book has a bit of everything: humour, drama, mystery and romance. Janelle, NSW, 5 Stars

I really liked this book. It had sufficient mystery to keep me wanting to delve deeper to find the answers. Sahar has returned to Sydney after 8 years in Jordan and moves in with an old childhood friend. But why, I kept asking myself? She finds a job which teaches her new skills and meets old friends and new along this journey. And this book is a journey. It kept me guessing and is told in a frank and realistic manner. I loved the way the ending kept winding in different experiences for all of the cast, and was left very satisfied. Do yourself a favour and read this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Karan, VIC, 5 Stars

Sahar married Khaled and moved to Jordan but after eight years she left unannounced and moved back to friends in Sydney. She soon realises that she must find a job so with the help of a friend goes to work in a cake shop, a profession she knows well. She slowly comes out of her shell and comes to terms with her life and makes new friends at work. There is a whole new world waiting for her to explore and so with the help of her friends both old and new she starts to live again. Liz, VIC, 5 Stars

A wonderful read and beautifully written. The characters were interesting and the friendships and support between Sahar and others was familiar and believable. Highly recommend. Susan, NSW, 5 Stars

I found this really absorbing to read, relatable and to overcome challenges in life with family, and when finally things get back to normal the past reappears. Intense heartfelt read all rolled into one, loved it, a real page turner. Julie, NSW, 5 Stars

Right from the beginning of this book I was captivated by Sahar’s journey. I found myself lost in her memories and then caught up in the action of the present day. Well written, captivating story. Kerrie, VIC, 5 Stars

In this story of choices and fresh beginnings, Sahar looks to establish a new life. Sahar married Khaled eight years ago and followed him to Jordan. Life there was not what she expected. Unhappy and haunted by secrets, Sahar returns to Sydney where she has friends. But eight years is a long time. The lives of her friends have changed and Sahar wonders (and worries) about embracing change. She also needs a job. Sahar takes a job in a local patisserie and, with the help of her manager Maggie and colleagues Kat, Inez, and Luke discovers new possibilities. Has she really escaped the past? And can she find a new life outside the conservative values that shaped her choices in early adulthood? Can Amal overcome the guilt she feels as she tries to find her own path? This is an engrossing journey of self-discovery, of learning that while change involves risks, it is possible. Friends matter, and chocolate helps! A heart-warming story of challenges, choices and diversity. Jennifer, ACT, 5 Stars

I absolutely loved this book! In the beginning I kept reading because of the cultural element but soon I was completely hooked! It spoke to me. The way the characters experienced their own heartaches but supported one another through every avenue. The way the three school fiends remained close well into their adult lives and opened their friendship to new friends. The way Sahar finds her path and becomes who she feels comfortable with. This book is so beautifully written, it creates so many feelings… I felt tears building up so often! I love that it explored topics often avoided and created a feeling of worth as a reader. I honestly feel like this book is a massively warm hug!! Melissa, QLD, 5 Stars

This book is about transformation, courage and breaking the mould. Amal Awad has beautifully captured the inner turmoil, guilt and insecurity that comes with trying to be someone you’re not. Sahar married the wrong man and tried to live in the wrong life. Her constrained world in Jordan left her feeling inadequate and alone, but also opened her up to a liaison that could be dangerous. She leaves it all to find her own peace in Sydney and reconnect with friends. The problem is she can’t reveal everything she has done, she also needs a job and desperately wants to feel validated as a human. Slowly she finds her way, working again in baking and chocolate with a team that is more like a family. Slowly she starts to acknowledge her true self and allow herself to experience life without shame and without regret. Reinvention is embedded in this book together with the freedom we can give ourselves, if we just allow ourselves to be authentic, without self-recrimination. A powerful read and highly recommended. Lee, NSW, 5 Stars

Sahar is a women who had a successful cake business which she left behind as well as childhood friends, and family to pursue her happily ever after in Jordan. Unfortunately her husband didn’t wish for her to pursue her food passions there and the love and passion she expected didn’t live up to expectations. Homesick and lonely she returns after recovering from a tragic event leaving her emotionally and physically scarred. She takes up a trainee position in a new job doing what she loves and through the help of friends old and new slowly starts to open up, discovering whom she really is and what she wants to achieve with her life. It’s a story of discovery and cultural diversity and acceptance no matter what race or religion a person is. Its a tale of learning no matter your age or beliefs that you can grow and develop your whole life. I loved this beautiful story and its moral message. I strongly recommend this book to anyone wishing to be more diverse and empathetic. Hirell, NSW, 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this novel. Saha’s journey feels so real and so personal that it reads like an autobiography. The author’s understanding of modern Australian Arab and Muslim women’s experiences is convincing. Readers who are not from that background will learn much about the conflicts and choices of these fellow Australian women. The revelations of the strength of long-lasting female friendships are not unique or confined to Sahar, Lara and Samira, but their experiences of family, love, marriage and relationships are influenced strongly by their cultural backgrounds. The writing is engaging and well-structured, with interesting chapters of Sahar’s life in Jordan inserted and cleverly devised to allow some satisfying revelations as the novel progresses. The contrast in character depiction, and the women’s friendship and interaction, are often amusing. This makes the story enjoyable but it also allows a philosophical exploration of the key themes which remains with the reader. I loved the inner-city Newtown setting and the background of baking and chocolate making was interesting and informative. I would love to visit Maggie’s shops and taste the cakes and chocolates. The reader is allowed into Sahar’s personal world and we really come to understand and admire Sahar and appreciate her journey. As her friend Lara says on p.292 Sahar is like a movie “based on a true story” drama. I think it would make an excellent movie but read the novel first! Diane, NSW, 5 Stars

Sahar, from a strict Muslim background, marries Khaled and goes to start her new life in Jordan leaving her life and family in Sydney behind her. This marriage brings many disappointments and unfulfilled dreams. When she meets her brother in law, Naeem, a doctor who works in the Refugee Camps, and is introduced to working there her life changes. There is fulfilment in the work and also a human connection with Naeem. Unfortunate circumstances bring her back to Sydney, unbeknown to her Khaled. Reconnecting with her childhood friends helps her to heal and learn to live again. She finds work in a cake shop and here starts new friendships gradually as well as confidence in her ability as a baker and chocolate maker. These new friends gradually bring her out of herself into gaining confidence and becoming her own person. Sahar is finally able with the help of her friends to start creating a new life for herself. Lisa, SA, 5 Stars

What a lovely light easy reading book. A completely different kind of storyline I would choose to read but what a surprise read it was. Based in a different culture to my upbringing, it was an eye opener. The character was such a brave lady. I wish people of this culture all the best life they can get. Thank you to the author for a fantastic read. I hope you get to win some awards for the book, it’s very entertaining. Loraine, QLD, 5 Stars

A powerful story of a woman’s endurance through womanhood. A freedom of knowing yourself through love. I just loved this book. A great author Amal Awad…You made my heart sing through this beautiful story. A hidden love… A surprise at the end. Can’t wait to read your next book. Noeleen, WA, 5 Stars

Sahar grew up in a strict Muslim family in suburban Sydney. Eight years ago, she moved to Jordan to marry Khaled – her happy ever after. However, in the opening of The Things We See in the Light, we find Sahar back in Sydney, on her childhood friend’s doorstep – alone. What follows is a journey of self discovery as Sahar, with the help of old and new friends, begins to question everything she has ever known and tries to finally find her true self. Awad’s magnificent prose draws you into Sahar’s story and makes you feel like you know Sahar. The present, alternating with the past in Jordan, helps to gradually form a picture of who Sahar is and what she has been through, to make her who she is today. I loved reading about Sahar’s self discovery, and also about the power of friendship – with the support and encouragement of friends, life is just that much easier and fuller. A truly powerful book that I will be thinking about for a while! Kimberley, SA, 4 Stars

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I particularly liked the incorporation of Arabic words, with the glossary at the start. Anything food related also grabs my attention – I craved a treat from Small and Sweet the whole time I was reading! Anusha, VIC, 4 Stars

An interesting exploration of friendship and the pressures of clashing cultures. Leesy, NSW, 4 Stars

Loved this book! I was really interested to read it as a Mossie (Muslim Aussie) and it didn’t disappoint. I actually started reading it right around Eid time (it just took me a while to get around to writing a review…) when we were all getting stuck into lots of sweets (after a month of fasting) so one of the major themes (of sweets, cakes and chocolate) was an eerily relevant coincidence. Not that I needed any encouragement, but it did affect what (sweets) I was eating over all the Eid days (and beyond!). I liked Sahar and all of her friends, and the book does an amazing job of showing that we (Mossies) are a diverse community, just like anyone else. Ayesha, NSW, 4 Stars

A journey from a traditional way of life & love determined by her culture & family upbringing. Sahar comes to the realisation that there is another world out there with the help of long-time friends & her new colleagues. Set around the most delicious bakery & Chocolate shop (which I would like to find). An enjoyable read and would make for interesting discussions if chosen by a book club for their monthly read. A final note: I am working my way through Sahar’s playlist at present and being introduced to new artists that have not been on my radar. Leigh, WA, 4 Stars

I enjoyed the journey Amal took us on with the unfolding story of Sahar and why she has suddenly returned to Australia – Whilst enjoying a cultural experience we are slowly fed with intrigue, a lovely story. A lovely debut novel an easy read and an extremely enjoyable pleasure.Thank you BR for a chance to read. Debbie, VIC, 4 Stars

A beautifully written tale of a women finding her place in the world. Sahar has lived her entire life in a way expected from her devout parents. Escaping a loveless marriage in a foreign country, Sahar finds friendship and love among a supportive group of friends both old and new. Deanne, VIC, 4 Stars

A story about dealing with the emotion of change & ultimately embracing it. Sahar returns to her home in Sydney after living in Jordan for 8 years in a failed marriage to Khaled. She finds comfort & solace in reinventing herself with the love & support of her old friends, a new job & her new friends there. Eventually she realises she can’t ignore the events of her life in Jordan knows she must deal with her feelings about that time before she can truly be who she wants to be. Karen, NSW, 4 Stars

The Things We See In The Light is an engrossing story of creating the life you choose after it always being chosen for you. The main characters were all pivotal to the story of Sahar finding her own way on her return to Sydney. Both old and new, brought out the best and were a really interesting juxtaposition. I found the Arabic characters especially interesting in not only their food but also beliefs and upbringing as these were lives I’ve not really been privy to before. This is definitely a book I’ll be sharing. Jodie, WA, 4 Stars

The Things We See in the Light by Amal Awad is a gentle, sweet story of a Muslim woman, Sahar, coming to terms with the end of a loveless marriage in Jordan and returning to Sydney, where she was originally from. She reconnects with two of her oldest friends and finds the strength in them to push forward with a new life, including starting a job in bakery and chocolate shop. The fragility and lack of confidence in herself is evident as she must come to terms with her past, from a strict religious upbringing from devout Muslim parents to a cold, isolated marriage in a foreign land. I enjoyed this book and found the journey of Sahar poignant and was invested in her character. The writing flows descriptively and the Arabic glossary at the beginning also helps to inject authenticity to the conversations but doesn’t take away the ability to follow the story because you can check the meaning of these terms. Karlie, SA, 4 Stars

The Things We See in the Light was a most enjoyable read it had a bit of everything. A story about discovering who you are and who you really want to be. It’s a story about love and loss and new beginnings. A story of letting go of the past. A story of long term friendships. A nice easy read. Michelle, VIC, 4 Stars

The Things We See in the Light, for me, was a gentle flowing read with a calming feel to it. The story revolves around the main character returning to Australia after a long absence. With a broken marriage and an unrequited love behind her, she hopes to build a new life for herself. This is a story about strong friendships, male and female and the coming to terms with standing on her own feet without the guilty baggage she carries with her. Nicely written, the story is playful with trapeze classes, first alcohol drinks, a new job, a tattoo, a friend’s wedding, a budding love affair and chocolate and cake making as a backdrop. Who could ask for more? Sharon, ACT, 4 Stars

The Things We See in the Light by Amal Awad is a really great read that has opened my eyes to a genré of writing that I hadn’t know existed. It was such an interesting read going backward and forward from Jordan to Sydney, and realising reading about how different life is in another country with strict religious and cultural beliefs. Leigh, VIC, 4 Stars

Beautifully presented with insightful quotes at the start of every chapter, like the desserts and chocolates created in the café and chocolate shop, Small and Sweet by Maggie, The Things We See in the Light, is filled with unexpected treats and surprises. Heart-warming and heart wrenching in equal measure this story is an exploration of love and friendship and following your passion. Amal Awad teases the reader with hints of what has gone before as the full story of Sahar’s eight years in Jordan, married to a man she hardly knows, and her experiences working in refugee camps, is slowly revealed. The characters in this book are lively and engaging and at times you feel as if you are part of this vibrant group of friends as they take part in an Experiment to experience things they have never done before. Food lovers and would be chefs will delight in the detailed descriptions of mouth-watering and eye-popping creations which add balance to the tension of the personal stories. Rich and rewarding, this novel will have you examining your own friendships and family relationships, as well as questioning the authenticity of your own life. Michelle, VIC, 4 Stars

Challenging one’s long held beliefs can be a difficult journey, but with the support of lifelong, and new friends, the process can be enlightening and empowering. I loved following Sahar’s tentative footsteps along the path of new experiences, feelings and growth in her self-assurance. Amal Awad has given us a glimpse into the life of a young Muslim woman from a strict family background who finds herself questioning much of her belief system. She has felt socially disconnected but ardently religious for most of her life. Following heartbreaking loss and an unhappy marriage, she returns home to Sydney from Jordan and begins to allow herself to consider new ideas, behaviours and feelings which had once been forbidden. A heartwarming story of learning to take risks, knowing oneself and making peace with the past. Sandra, NSW, 4 Stars

Sahar has just arrived on the doorstep of her best friend, Lara, having just left her husband in Jordan. Set in Sydney, with flashbacks to life in Jordan, this novel unfolds as Sahar rebuilds her life after making the mistake of marrying Khaled for pride, not love. Sahar finds work pursuing her passion of baking, and her friends help her to adjust to independent living in a cosmopolitan city. Eventually, though, Sahar has to reckon with her past and gain closure with Khaled. I enjoyed the parts of the story set in Sydney and I thought the interactions between the characters were fairly authentic. For me, the part of the novel set in Jordan was too fuzzy for my liking. Penny, QLD, 3 Stars

This book was not my usual genre and unlike anything I had read before. The writing was great and the characters likeable, but unfortunately I wasn’t hooked. I did have to take breaks from reading and wasn’t as invested in the story as I hoped I’d be. Definitely a case of me not you though, as there are so many great reviews for this one! Thanks for my copy! Jennifer, WA, 3 Stars

This was ok for me, I loved Sahar’s childhood friends the most. The story was an interesting one, a woman finding herself after a marriage that didn’t work out. I just couldn’t get past how quickly she let go of her religion that was supposedly holding her back. From experiences with friends, it’s almost never that easy, especially for an older woman. That trope that as soon as you abandon religion, you become liberated, just doesn’t sit well with me. Hanadi, NSW, 3 Stars

This is a story of love, friendship and family. Shifting between Jordan and Sydney we get to explore what it is like for Sahar to embark to leave behind the life she thought she wanted and move back to her childhood friends and embark on new beginnings. Divorce, religion, music and chocolate are all features of this novel with a focus on old and new relationships. I found parts of the novel interesting and engaging but at times it felt awkwardly put together and I struggled with the intensity of some of the relationships that didn’t ring true in my ears. Jodi, QLD, 2 Stars

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        Publisher details

        The Things We See in the Light
        Author
        Amal Awad
        Publisher
        Pantera Press
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        31 August, 2021
        ISBN
        9780648676966

        Synopsis

        Eight years ago, Sahar pursued her happily ever after when she married Khaled and followed him to Jordan, leaving behind her family, her friends and a thriving cake business. But married life didn't go as planned and, haunted by secrets, Sahar has returned home to Sydney without telling her husband. With the help of her childhood friends, Sahar hits the reset button on her life. She takes a job at a local patisserie run by Maggie, a strong but kind manager who guides Sahar in sweets and life. But as she tentatively gets to know her colleagues, Sahar faces a whole new set of challenges. There's Kat and Inez, who are determined that Sahar try new experiences. Then there's Luke, a talented chocolatier and a bundle of contradictions. As Sahar embraces the new, she reinvents herself, trying things once forbidden to her. But just when she is finally starting to find her feet, her past finds its way back to her.
        Amal Awad
        About the author

        Amal Awad

        Amal Awad is a journalist, screenwriter, author and performer. She has contributed to ELLEFrankieMeanjin, Going Down Swinging, Daily Life, Sheilas, SBS Life and Junkee. As well, Amal has produced and presented for ABC Radio National and has held senior editorial roles at a number of trade publications. Amal is a public speaker, appearing at schools, universities and writers’ festivals around Australia. She presents workshops on storytelling and creativity, has been a regular panellist on ABC TV’s The Drum and was a TEDx Macquarie speaker in 2019. Amal is the author of two novels – Courting Samira and This is How You Get Better – and the non-fiction books The Incidental Muslim, Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women and Fridays With My Folks: Stories on Ageing, Illness and Life. She has also contributed to the anthologies Growing Up Muslim in Australia: Coming of Age and Some Girls Do …: My Life as a Teenager. Her next non-fiction book, In My Past Life I was Cleopatra, will be published by Murdoch Books in 2020. As a screenwriter, Amal has several film and television projects in development. She has also directed short films, a pursuit she continues alongside writing and performing.

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