I’m a fiction/nonfiction writer and the author of The Border of Paradise (Unnamed Press, 2016), a novel about the inheritance of madness in an iconoclastic family—the scions of a piano manufacturing fortune—set in mid-twentieth century Brooklyn, Taiwan, and Northern California. I’m a 2010 MFA graduate from the University of Michigan and represented by Amy Williams of The Williams Company. Awards include the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress, the Louis Sudler Award for Creative Writing from Stanford University, and a $40k grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation; I have also been awarded residencies at places such as Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
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◇ The Real Image (The New Inquiry)
◇ Fashioning Normal (Catapult)
◇ On a Pathology of the Possessed (The Believer)
◇ Who Gets to Be the “Good Schizophrenic”? (Buzzfeed READER)
◇ Why My Novel Uses Untranslated Chinese (Lit Hub)
◇ My Mother’s “American Wardrobe” (Lenny)
◇ Dialogue with Francesca Woodman (Hazlitt)
THE BORDER OF PARADISE: A NOVEL
“Gothic in tone, epic in ambition, and creepy in spades.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The Border of Paradise is a magnificent achievement—an exhortation for human tenderness and individual dignity in the most difficult of circumstances. Wang explores identity and family with a sense of drama that borders on gothic, without ever sacrificing the psychological texture that connects us to her characters.” —Adrienne Celt, The Daughters
A remarkable multigenerational novel, The Border of Paradise transports readers into the world of an iconoclastic midcentury family.
In booming postwar Brooklyn, the Nowak Piano Company is an American success story. There is just one problem: the Nowak’s only son, David. A handsome kid and shy like his mother, David struggles with neuroses. If not for his only friend, Marianne, David’s life would be intolerable. When David inherits the piano company at just 18 and Marianne breaks things off, David sells the company and travels around the world. In Taiwan, his life changes when he meets the daughter of a local madame — beautiful, sharp-tongued Daisy. Returning to the United States, the couple (and newborn son) buy an isolated country house in Northern California’s Polk Valley.
As David’s mental health deteriorates, he has a brief affair with Marianne, producing a daughter. When Marianne appears at their doorstep, the couple’s fateful decision to take the child as their own determines a tragic course of events for the entire family. Told from multiple perspectives, The Border of Paradise culminates in heartrending fashion, as the young heirs to the Nowak fortune must confront their past and the tragic reality of their future.