encompasses two territories that have more history than the rest of
the world combined. Reading this novel, I was hauled into the homes of
strangers, and I’ve emerged with friends I’ll never meet. I feel I
know what it is like to live a lie for the sake of love.
The story is exquisitely written with eloquence, deep feeling, sound
intelligence, and the soul of a poet. It is told from myriad vantage
points, allowing the reader to get right into the heart of each
character. The dialog is natural and plentiful, the descriptions
precise and vivid. The tale itself is as original as every human
The timing reminds us that history is not linear, nor are families
structured the way society instructs us. In Casper’s remarkable tale,
the layers of experience, passion, history, politics, secrets, and
deceit, weave a pattern that is gorgeous, timeless, and meaningful.