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To Paradise

To Paradise

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1890s, 1990s, 2090s: An alternative New York

  • ISBN: 978-1529077476
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people may live and love whomever they please (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, drawn to a charming music teacher of no means. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his much older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood and the fate of his father. And in 2093, in a world riven by plagues and governed by totalitarian rule, a powerful scientist’s damaged granddaughter tries to navigate life without him – and solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearances.

These three sections are joined in an enthralling and ingenious symphony, as recurring notes and themes deepen and enrich one another: A townhouse in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village; illness, and treatments that come at a terrible cost; wealth and squalor; the weak and the strong; race; the definition of family, and of nationhood; the dangerous righteousness of the powerful, and of revolutionaries; the longing to find a place in an earthly paradise, and the gradual realization that it can’t exist. What unites not just the characters, but these Americas, are their reckonings with the qualities that make us human: Fear. Love. Shame. Need. Loneliness.

Travel Guide

A Paradise – An alternative view of New York City and life itself

The novel is in three parts and each one of these represents a different time. We start in the 1890s, then move to the 1980s and end up in the future.

Through time the author invites us to visit America where NYC is the informal capital of the the so-called Free States. Here, women have more rights and gay marriage is allowed, but there are limits as to how many non  Europeans can live here. There’s stories of slaves, those who have escaped from the south and the author invites us to look back and see, observe, feel all the emotions of this time and place.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: To Paradise

Destination: New York City   Author/guide: Hanya Yanagihara  Departure Time: 1890s, 1990s, 2090s

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