Carmen Maria Machado

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Esme Weijun Wang’s The Border of Paradise is chock-full of secrets, betrayals, death, incest, a crumbling mansion and a terrible fire – but reviewer Carmen Maria Machado says Wang’s beautiful writing pulls the book back from the edge of pulp:

The result — the story of an American family stretched and manipulated into impossible shapes — is an extraordinary literary and gothic novel of the highest order

Find the full review here.

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