Spotlight: Hanya Yanagihara’s To Paradise, Jan. 2022, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

The new novel from the National Book Award finalist. 

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Yanagihara, Hanya. To Paradise. Doubleday. Jan. 2022. 720p. ISBN 9780385547932. $32.50. LITERARY

Following A Little Life, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and a National Book AwardYanagahira's To Paradise finalist, Yanagihara’s new novel tracks themes of love, loss, illness, power, and the unfillable desire for heaven on Earth over three centuries in stories tied together by a townhouse on New York City’s Washington Square Park. In an alternate 1893 America, with New York belonging to the more or less freewheeling Free States, the scion of a prominent family prefers a poor music teacher to a more polished suitor. In AIDS-ravaged 1993 Manhattan, a young Hawaiian man living with a controlling older partner quietly suppresses his tattered childhood. And in plague-shattered totalitarian 2093, a troubled woman seeking her missing husband misses the guidance of her powerful scientist grandfather.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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