China with The Incarnations

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“In the end, how much distance lies between the truth and what we believe to be true? Between the things we feel at one time and the things we end up doing?”–Susan Barker, The Incarnations

  • Here’s what happens:
    • This is the story of two incarnates throughout several centuries as they grapple with their love and obsession for one another. It is dark, winding, and completely inescapable in its mastery of storytelling.
  • It’s good because:
    • This is a tumultuous, violent, sexual, colorful story that weaves Chinese pop culture, history, and folklore into a vivacious tale of the highs and lows of complicated love.
  • Read if:
    • You want to have your mind blown by an emotional, riveting, non sequential but totally seamless plot line. Beautiful, painful–and just wow.

Up next: South Sudan with Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti.

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