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3.92 (52 ratings by Goodreads)

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The simple act of a butterfly flapping its wings, and our journey begins. A tracing of modern day mythologies, Parabola weaves through genres, mathematical formulas, and photographs, all while following the curve of a parabola, stopping at various points to pick up strands of intersections or stories. Lily Hoang¿s debut novel offers readers tender snapshots of an Asian American girl coming-of-age juxtaposed with the Pythagorean belief in numerology placed right beside a physical manifestation of dark matter contrasted with interactive IQ, personality, and psychological tests. Smart, challenging, sad, and kind, by the end of Parabola, you will have moved through every emotion, and you will end right where you began, with that simple act of a butterfly flapping its wings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 203 x 203 x 18mm | 531g
  • English
  • 099840375X
  • 9780998403755
  • 3,221,896

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Lily Hoang's Parabola deploys a calculus of composition that always already approaches the absolute of... Or I was going to say something like that, but this book exhausts the conceits of mathematics, physics, heavenly bodies, and the human heart. The story problems have all been proven; the figures figured. Parabola is a tour de form with force multiplied further. Elegant vision is the constant and ever-changing. And imaginary numbers are the least part of the imagination evident here, and everywhere, in this sublimely sublime book.

Rarely does an author as fresh as Lily Hoang do so many things with such sophistication: a daring writer, an aesthetic high-wire walker who makes big issues her baton, balances the weight of literary and personal history-and all while wearing the future as her hat. In the midst of debates about where writing as an art form can go in this still nascent, post-everything new Millennium, Lily Hoang reveals one possibility: conceptually ambitious fiction woven from the lyrical language of longing. That is, Parabola is a novel of intersections--of Xs and Ys, of private and public paths. Coming to us from the crossroads of literature, Parabola also demonstrates how we don't have to choose between heart and head; anyone interested in traveling paths not-taken would do well to use this book as their compass. --STEVE TOMASULA
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3.92 out of 5 stars
- 52 ratings
5 35% (18)
4 33% (17)
3 25% (13)
2 6% (3)
1 2% (1)
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