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Free ↠ Dear Fang With Love By Rufi Thorpe – [Reading] ➿ Dear Fang With Love By Rufi Thorpe – From the acclaimed author of   The Girls from Corona del Mar  a sprawling ambitious new novel about a young father who takes his teenage daughter to Europe hoping that an immersion in history might From the acclaimed author of   The Girls from Corona del Dear Fang Epub / Mar  a sprawling ambitious new novel about a young father who takes his teenage daughter to Europe hoping that an immersion in history might help them forget his past mistakes and her uncertain futureLucas and Katya were boarding school seniors when blindingly in love they decided to have a baby Seventeen years later after years of absence Lucas is a weekend dad newly involved in his daughter Vera's life But after Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic break at a high school party Lucas takes her to Lithuania his grandmother's homeland for the summer Here in the city of Vilnius Lucas hopes to save Vera from the sorrow of her diagnosis As he uncovers a secret about his grandmother a Home Army rebel who escaped Stutthof Vera searches for answers of her own Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby What really happened the night of her breakdown And who can she trust with the truth Skillfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with a story of mental illness inheritance young love and adventure Rufi Thorpe has written a wildly accomplished stunningly emotional book.

10 thoughts on “Dear Fang With Love

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    There is something so compelling yet accessible in this journey of a father and daughter Late into his daughter's life Lucas tries to forge a relationship with this young girl who is having what looks to be a psychotic breakdown His family lore his grandmother and her stories of survival during the war lead Lucas to suggest a trip to Vilnius Lithuania in an attempt to find his roots but also to provide his daughter with a change of scenery and an adventureLucas is a wonderful caring person his daughter Vera a very intelligent and creative young lady and in Vilnius much will be found and a bond forged from necessity Narrated by Lucas and alternated with Vera's letters home to Fang the reader learns of the disintegration of Vera's mental state The writing is fantastic and their journey endearing In Vilnius Lucas will discover his past but also his future Loved seeing and learning the facts of Vilnius enjoyed the glimpses of humor the uirkiness and loved seeing how the relationship changes and grows between Vera and her fatherARC from publisher

  2. Theresa Theresa says:

    I can't even write a proper review I'm too speechless I just wanted to say if I was a writer I'd want to write like Rufi Thorpe A brazenly talented mind I also recommend her debut novel The Girls From Corona del Mar Her stories and characters break my heart Ugh I'm dying here

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    On the one hand this is a novel about an insecure father Lucas grappling with his past and ancestry while getting to know his 17 year old daughter Vera who is both brilliant and unstable And Fang Vera's boyfriend may be the most intriguing character of all All of this happens during a history tour in a small town in Lithuania If that sounds tangled it could have been but Thorpe deftly controls the narrative I was enthralled

  4. Alena Alena says:

    Just wow This book is very much in my wheelhouse cerebral and emotional filled with uestions and doubt smatterings of historical context and events told from multiple perspectivesI absolutely fell in love with the intelligent 17 year old Vera diagnosed with Bipolar Is she crazy? Is she just an over emotional teenager? Aren't her uestions and observations things we've all considered?Thorpe handles her frailty with such brutal honestly that I couldn't tear myself away from the second half Brilliantly she handles Vera's father's chapter just as well a man filled with self doubt and basic goodnessI loved this book and am now even determined to read The Girls from Corona del MarRead alikesTell the Wolves I'm HomeBrain on Fire

  5. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    I'm not sure how to do this book justice I've now read both of Rufi Thorpe's novels and while I really enjoyed and admired The Girls from Corona del Mar I loved this one even It felt so much intimate and close and the stakes felt so much higher Something about Thorpe's writing really appeals to me—it's vivid and has a great sense of place but doesn't weigh the reader down with ponderous descriptions; she knows how to keep things moving And her characters are remarkable as a reader you feel constantly off balance and not sure who to trust not because anyone is deliberately being deceptive but because everyone is just so human What's better than that? Her books aren't really sentimental but they convey a lot of emotion and I was unexpectedly in tears by the end These days there aren't many authors on my must buy list but with this book Thorpe has earned a place on it I really hope she's working on another book because I'm already excited to read it

  6. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I read this in March but couldn't post about it until the full round of this year's postal book swap had finishedI like stories that are told in pieces the way this is emails letters etc I liked that some of these pieces are hidden until a very important moment and they do tell a completely different storyIn a story about a young woman who has mental illness I appreciated that so many chapters come from her father's point of view He has his own stories his own desires his own blind spotsIt isn't too unsurprising that mental illness is so often left undiagnosed or a diagnosis is abandoned Wouldn't we all rather explain it away? I felt very compassionately toward Vera and LucasThere's something about this book that reminds me of The Idiot by Elif Batuman not just the pink cover Something tells me if you liked one you'd like the other

  7. Eva • All Books Considered Eva • All Books Considered says:

    Review originally posted at All Books Considered 5 STARS I am honestly torn between four and a half and five stars for this one it's almost like I don't even know what five stars means any That being said this is definitely one of my favorite reads of this year and also completely surprised me Not because I wasn't expecting it to be good but because not only was the writing absolutely astounding but the story also hooked me from the beginning I loved the way in which this story was told each chapter began with a letter from Vera to her boyfriend and then transitioned to a first person POV from Lucas Vera's father; there was some overlap but it was so interesting to have each scene told from such varied perspectives none of which was repetitive The epistolary format from Vera coupled with the first person POV from Lucas worked so well that I looked forward to the alternating narratives to get a complete picture of what was going on Most of the book takes place in Vilnius Lithuania and it was made to seem so so magical Of course there was also this very serious undercurrent of history and sorrow to the city from its German occupation during World War II Many of the characters in the book are Jewish and American and have come to the city for a history tour and to try and find out about their relatives that lived in Vilnius before and during the occupation; many of their relatives were in concentration camps or were the only survivors of their family because they somehow escaped It may seem like there are a lot of threads to this story but it didn't feel that way when reading it everything and everyone seemed interconnected I really loved this book; it has its sad and scary moments but it is so beautiful in bothI highly recommend this to fans of literary fiction; this is a brilliant story and a stunning portrayal of a different side of bi polarism being a semi absent parent to a bi polar teenager And yet it is so much it is about our history our genealogy our second chances and yes a parent's love I was reminded of some my other all time favorites when I finished this one not necessarily because of the similarity in the plots although you can find similar threads in all of these but because I was just so blown away with awe and beauty Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Last Night in Montreal by Emily St John Mandel Dear Fang With Love comes out today May 24 2016 and I hope you consider reading this one Yet who was anyone to police someone else's thoughts and decide which were sane and which insane? Who were doctors to inspect my daughter's brain determine that her ideas were delusions her mind unfit? That was the thing about bipolar there was no blood test no brain scan nothing that went into the diagnosis except one person deciding another person was insane

  8. Denise Denise says:

    The Holocaust mental illness personal realities absent fathers and a father trying to be present What really attracted me to this book was the trip to Vilnius I want to learn about the area and it's history I did but it was really the themes of Vilnius that were the focus The landscape and history that I was immersed in were personal Lucas and his daughter Vera are not close and Lucas hopes a trip to the land his grandmother was born in will improve their relationship and help Vera recover from a recent psychotic episodeThe narration is Lucas's with writings from Vera beginning each chapter As the reader we see that Vera is not as happy or well Lucas seems like he's drifting through life but he's hiding his own struggles doubts and pain This is a beautiful painful compassionate and thoughtful story Lucas and Vera each uestion what reality is how people relate to each other and how history influences our beings Every character changes as they reveal not only how they see themselves but how they see others The way they're connected and how they connect to each other is really beautiful even when the connections sour or are fleeting I wanted to know hear from some characters but I was left feeling like most of them would continue to communicate with each other and do a better job of it The ending isn't wrapped in a bow but some revelations Lucas had makes me think the stories will progress in a healthier satisfying way than they began for Lucas Vera and Katya Hopefully for Adam and the others too

  9. Mary Mary says:

    I tore through this book in 2 days In essence it’s the story of a clueless and passive 35 year old with a drinking problem who travels to Vilnius Lithuania with his maybe mentally ill daughter to research his family background and Holocaust connection Great stuff I’ve enjoyed both of this author’s novels

  10. Sumaiyya Sumaiyya says:

    If there's one book I'm terrified of writing a review of it's Dear Fang With Love by Rufi Thorpe Why? Because there's literally nothing about it that I'd want to change The writing is perfect The plot is so intricate and unstoppable The characters are EXTREMELY well developed; they weren't flat or neglected or overdone The themes and subject matter were important tooThe basic premise includes Vera who's recovering from a mental breakdown and is off on a trip to Europe with her father who is desperately trying to get close to her As the history tour of the city of Vilnius goes on Vera and her father unravel their past and uncover truths that change their lives forever ‎Now let's talk about Vera's Dad He's 'simple' acc to her but I say he's just a guy who never really understood how much of the world he could make his own I think he suffers from not knowing his own extent of influence and not being able to pull himself together He's also one of those rare characters I relate to in some ways ‎‎The thing that stands out in Dear Fang With Love is Thorpe's unceasing precision at protraying mental illness how modern families deal with it and what it really does to a person ‎In fact she flawlessly presents the extent to which mental illness is misunderstood or can be neglected The novel deals with another major theme; the holocaust It was interesting for me to read the narrative on the matter I felt it was a fitting exploration of life after war and how survivors or their families pick up the pieces‎Thorpe uncovers with perfection the dynamics between a father daughter duo and brings you in close proximity with what it's like to search for people and what the past meant ‎Thorpe writes Vilnius into a small city that lives on despite war and gore very much like people should learn toThank you aaknopf for sending me this beauty It's now on my favourites shelf#rufithorpe

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