After growing up in exile abroad, a young man, Saba, returns to his home country of Georgia. Searching for his missing father and brother, who left a trail of breadcrumbs across the war-ravaged country, Saba embarks on a fairy tale quest, confronting his childhood trauma and ghosts, family secrets, and the absurdity of borders. This is a haunting, harrowing--yet at times humorous--adventure of a novel.
Enid considers her selfhood a devious performance. She controls how she is perceived in all social situations, from making small talk with her estranged half sisters or telling her depressed mother fun facts about outer space to revealing nothing to the women she dates—but she cannot control how she sees herself. Finally, as a routine fling intensifies and Enid’s paranoia insists she’s being stalked, she must decide: who does she think she is? Immersive, witty, offbeat, thoughtful, and ultimately generous, this novel constructs an irresistible universe around Enid’s character. It is a delight to read.
This book was so good I sobbed at 1 am, then admired my mascara for not running. Cyrus, our protagonist, is fine--well, not really, but at the end of the day, who is really “fine"? Newly sober and aggressively apathetic towards life, Cyrus wants to die. But we only get one death and he doesn’t want to waste his. He becomes obsessed with the concept of martyrdom and sets out to reflect on the lives of his dead parents and an uncle who was ordered to dress as the angel of death during the Iran-Iraq war. Cyrus’s journey leads him to unexpected discoveries about what makes life worth it and what makes a death matter.