It’s been awhile since I read a literary novel like this one. The author is a poet and this is his first novel.
This is a very well written first novel. The prose is so sparse yet so powerful. The storyline and the characters are heavy though. As a first generation immigrant and someone who had not the most peaceful relationship with my mother growing up, some of the scenes between the narrator and his mother hit me hard. It was a difficult read for me at times. I do admire the style and it makes me wish I could write and express feelings and moments so well.
I do have to read something lighter again to lift myself up. I thought it was a very good novel.
Read Feb 2-3, 2021.