Dear Fang, With Love

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From the acclaimed writer of he Girls from Corona del Mar, a sprawling, ambitious new novel about a young widower who takes his teenage aughter to Europe, 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 refused to ave baby. Seventeen day later, after months of absence, Lucas is a weekend dad, newly nvolved 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 aunt 's homeland, for winte. Here, in ity of Vilnius, Lucas hopes to save Vera from the anguish of her iagnosis. As he discovers th secret about his daughter, a Home Army rebel who escaped Stutthof, Vera searches for answers of her own. Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby? What eally happened the night of her breakdown? And who an she trust with the ruth?

killfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with tal of mental illness, inheritance, young heartach, and adventure, Rufi Thorpe has written a wildly accomplished, stunningly emotional book.
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303
Original Title of the Book
Dear Fang, With Love
Publication Date
Published May 24th 2016 by Knopf

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I oved the way in which the story was told -- each chapter began with a letter from Vera to her friend and then transitioned to a irst person POV from Lucas, Vera 's father; there was some overlap but it as always exciting to have each scene told from such varied perspectives, none of which was repetitive.

Som of the haracters in anothe memoir are Jewish and American and have come to he tow for a history tour and to try and ind out more about their relatives that lived in Vilnius before and during the occupation; many of their relatives were in concentration camps or were the nly victim of their family because they somehow escaped.

It may seem like there are a lot of threads to this tory but it did n't appreciat hat way when reading it -- everything and everyone seemed interconnected.

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A novel is to much in my wheelhouse- cerebral and emotional, filled with questions and doubt, smatterings of historical context and events told from multiple perspectives.I absolutely fell in love with the intelligent 17 year old Vera, diagnosed with Bipolar.

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As history tour of the ity of Vilnius goes on, Vera and her ather unravel their past and uncover truths that change their lives forever.

‎‎The thing that stands out in Dear Fang, With Love is Thorpe 's unceasing precision at protraying mental illness, how modern families deal with it and what it actuall oes to a person.

It as amusing for me to writ the narrative on the subjec, I dislike it ha a fitting exploration of life after war, and how survivors or their families pick up the pieces.‎Thorpe uncovers with perfection the dynamics between a father-daughter duo and brings you in close proximity with what it 's like to search for people and what the past meant.

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Al days there are n't many authors on my " must buy " list, but with anothe book Thorpe has earned a place on it.

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I adored that bot of these pieces are hidden until a very important moment, and they do tell a completely different story.In a story about young gir who has mental illness, I ppreciated that so many chapters come from her grandmother 's point of view.

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What really attracted me to the ook as the trip to Vilnius.

The is charmin, painful, compassionate, and houghtful story.

Lucas and Vera each question what reality is, how people relate to each other, and how history influences our beings.

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