Preparation for the Next Life (Paperback)

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Here is a novel of discarded people--discarded by family, by war, by environment. Of course it's a tragedy, and yet it's also, as Dwight Garner of the New York Times wrote, "the finest and most unsentimental love story of the new decade." That this is Atticus Lish's debut--even considering his notable parentage—is all the more astounding.

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Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness.

About the Author

Atticus Lish: Atticus Lish lives in New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780991360826
ISBN-10: 0991360826
Publisher: Tyrant Books
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 424
Language: English