The Border of Paradise

The Border of Paradise

A Novel

Paperback - 2016
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"In booming postwar Brooklyn, young David Nowak cannot fit in. His family, a pillar of the Polish immigrant community, is at a loss to help their boy, who is obsessive, neurotic and wracked by insomnia. After inheriting control of the family fortune while still in high school, David abandons life in New York to travel the world. His return to the U.S. with Daisy, a young Taiwanese woman, marks an irreparable break with his past. Escaping to the Northern California wilderness, the newlyweds craft an insular, often idyllic existence for their two children, William and Gillian. But while modern life threatens to lure the children away, it is the looming madness of their parents, and its shocking legacy, that will decide their fate."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : The Unnamed Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781939419699
1939419697
Branch Call Number: WANG E
Characteristics: 290 pages : portrait ; 22 cm

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elizali
Jul 14, 2016

This book was sad, captivating, beautiful - but petered out disappointingly at the end. I read this book in 36 hours because I was so captivated but the last 3 pages were a huge letdown. That being said, the writing is spectacular and it gives great insight into the life of immigrants, first generation Americans, and mental illness. The commentary on mental illness reads as both honest and kind - it acknowledges the negative impacts on the individual and those in their lives while demonstrating its transient nature and how unconditional love is.

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