The Border of Paradise: A Novel by Esmé Weijun Wang

By Esmé Weijun Wang

In booming postwar Brooklyn, the Nowak Piano corporation is an American luck tale. there's only one challenge: the Nowak’s merely son, David. A good-looking child and shy like his mom, David struggles with neuroses. If now not for his simply good friend, Marianne, David’s lifestyles will be insupportable. whilst David inherits the piano corporation at simply 18 and Marianne breaks issues off, David sells the corporate and travels world wide. In Taiwan, his lifestyles adjustments while he meets the daughter of an area madame — the sharp-tongued, clever Daisy. Returning to the us, the couple (and baby son) purchase an remoted state condo in Northern California’s Polk Valley. As David's well-being deteriorates, he has a quick affair with Marianne, generating a daughter.

It’s Daisy's answer for the way forward for her teenagers, encouraged by means of the outdated chinese language culture of elevating ladies as sisterly other halves for adoptive brothers, that exposes Daisy’s aggravating lifestyles, and the bad inheritance her teenagers needs to obtain. Framed through suicide makes an attempt, The Border of Paradise is informed from a number of views, culminating in heartrending model because the younger heirs to the Nowak fortune confront their previous and their isolation.

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