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Thursday, February 4, 2021

This novel reads like a fairy tale, yet it has enough pain, despair, and loss to make you understand that it is far from a cheery, easy read

A successful, enigmatic New York lawyer disappears with little to no trace, leaving behind a family, including a beloved daughter who recently graduated from a law school. The daughter puts her career on pause and decides to uncover what has happened to her father, by means of tracking the address on an old letter, which leads to Kalaw, Burma (modern-day Myanmar).

This novel reads like a fairy tale, yet it has enough pain, despair, and loss to make you understand that it is far from a cheery, easy read. Multiple instances, in the book, made me stop and reflect. Masterfully written, I can recommend it just for the pure joy of its vividness. I can still see the bougainvillea, the lush greenery, and sense the damp, warm air of the tropics. It was originally written in German, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s in translation – flawlessly crafted (Submitted by Mariya).

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