Dear Fang, with Love
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Dear Fang, with Love

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A bold, spellbinding novel featuring one of the most fascinating protagonists in recent memory, Dear Fang, With Love tells the story of seventeen-year-old Vera--ravishing, troubled, wildly intelligent--who travels to Europe with her estranged father, hoping that an immersion in history might help them forget his past mistakes and her uncertain future. Lucas and Katya were boarding school seniors when, blindingly in love, they decided to have a baby. Seventeen years later, after a decade of absence, Lucas is a weekend dad, newly involved in his daughter Vera's life. But after Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic break at a high school party, Lucas takes her to Lithuania, his grandmother's homeland, for the summer. Here, in the city of Vilnius, Lucas hopes to save Vera from the sorrow of her diagnosis. As he uncovers a secret about his grandmother, a Home Army rebel who escaped Stutthof, Vera searches for answers of her own. Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby? What really happened the night of her breakdown? And who can she trust with the truth? Skillfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with a story of mental illness, inheritance, young love, and adventure, Rufi Thorpe has written a breathtakingly intelligent, emotionally enthralling book.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 303 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 28mm | 454g
  • Knopf Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • 1101875771
  • 9781101875773
  • 1,202,415

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An honest account Thorpe, the highly regarded author of "The Girls from Corona del Mar "sets this tale of parental guilt and teenage angst against the town s WWII past, adding true-life authenticity to an already stirring story. Cortney Ophoff, "Booklist" [Thorpe s] second novel, which blends the cultural history of"The Tiger's Wife"with the madcap energy of Dave Eggers, just might be her breakout book . Takes readers on a father-daughter road trip to Lithuania, where 17-year-old Vera and her father, Lucas, ponder the meaning of family and the way past mistakes and family history can seep into the present. "BookPage " "Tremendous... Showcase[s] Thorpe s fabulous versatility, insight, and humor... While the themes of the book--mania, the Holocaust, and the devastating number of ways that any parent-child dynamic can go awry--are undeniably dark, Thorpe s prose is light, often hilarious, and unshakably grounded in the concrete details of daily life... Thorpe has written an absolute winner." "Publishers Weekly"(starred review) Switching between Lucas endearing narration and Vera s ultrateenage letters home to her boyfriend, Fang, the novel weaves a strange and strangely intoxicating web of histories, both personal and geopolitical Melancholic and whimsical at once, Thorpe s novel is wholly original. "Kirkus Reviews " "Dear Fang, With Love "is a beautiful story about mental illness and love. PopSugar, 26 Books You Should Read This Spring. A refreshing and impressive use of voice. A very funny book because of, rather than despite, its close attention to mental illness, the Holocaust, the relationship between children and parents. Molly McArdle, "Brooklyn Magazine ""show more

About Rufi Thorpe

RUFI THORPE received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, was long-listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She lives in California with her husband and sons.show more

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997 ratings
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4 48% (481)
3 20% (196)
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1 1% (14)
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