Book review ‘To paradise’ by Hanya Yanagihara

In alternating sections, Charlie describes her own life in a voice perfectly calibrated to sound almost simple, almost unaffected, strange but not exotic. For an author, this is a delicate, dangerous act of creation. One slip and Charlie could have become a source of moving insight, like the juicy environmental wonder in Richard Powers’ “Bewilderment.” But Yanagihara breathes real life into a young woman who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, dares to believe she deserves love and freedom. Her story, as terrifying as it is poignant, reverberates through our current crisis with such force that it is almost unbearable.

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