The Border of Paradise by Esmé Weijun Wang audiobook

The Border of Paradise: A Novel

By Esmé Weijun Wang
Read by various narrators

Brilliance Audio 9781939419699

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781978640887

  • ISBN: 9781978640887

Runtime: 12.33 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A remarkable multigenerational novel, The Border of Paradise transports readers into the world of an iconoclastic midcentury family.

In booming postwar Brooklyn, the Nowak Piano Company is an American success story. There is just one problem: the Nowak’s only son, David. A handsome kid and shy like his mother, David struggles with neuroses. If not for his only friend, Marianne, David’s life would be intolerable. When David inherits the piano company at just 18 and Marianne breaks things off, David sells the company and travels around the world. In Taiwan, his life changes when he meets the daughter of a local madame — beautiful, sharp-tongued Daisy. Returning to the United States, the couple (and newborn son) buy an isolated country house in Northern California’s Polk Valley.

As David's mental health deteriorates, he has a brief affair with Marianne, producing a daughter. When Marianne appears at their doorstep, the couple's fateful decision to take the child as their own determines a tragic course of events for the entire family. Told from multiple perspectives, The Border of Paradise culminates in heartrending fashion, as the young heirs to the Nowak fortune must confront their past and the tragic reality of their future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A well-wrought multigenerational novel that also appeals for its honest look at mental illness.” Library Journal
“Gothic in tone, epic in ambition, and creepy in spades.” Kirkus Reviews
“Wang’s prose is beautiful and restrained, and her generous, precise characterization makes every perspective feel organic and utterly real in the face of increasingly theatrical circumstances.” NPR
The Border of Paradise is shaped by darkness and the kind of delicious story that makes for missed train stops and bedtimes, keeping a reader up late for just one more page of dynamic character-bouncing perspective.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Esmé Weijun Wang

Author Bio: Esmé Weijun Wang

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English