Dear Fang, With Love

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.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101875773
Branch Call Number: F THO
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm

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VaughanPLRachelP Jul 12, 2017

I love books with flawed, complex characters and incredible settings, so I was really drawn into this novel. Rufi Thorpe skillfully wrote about all of the characters so empathetically; even the smallest characters felt so fully realized, and I felt for everyone, even when they were making selfish or otherwise terrible decisions. This book covered so much - mental health, the Holocaust, the difficulties of parenthood - all against the magnificent backdrop of Vilnius, Lithuania. I was left thinking about this book for a while after I finished it.

Bazette Apr 02, 2017

Rufi Thorpe is an excellent writer. I would compare her to Jodi Picoult in the way that she gets into the minds of her characters. She brings them alive and she leaves you with the question -- is this fiction or non-fiction. This book is awesome! Her other book "The Girls From Corona Del Mar" is also excellent. A really good read!

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