To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara – Our Review


Our Review…

I have been counting down the days until the release of Hanya Yanagihara’s latest book, ‘To Paradise’ after absolutely loving her book, ‘A Little Life’. I just love the way she creates these incredible stories, that are the most brilliant and indescribable sagas.

Divided into three sections, the book is set over three different centuries and three different American realities.

In New York, in 1893, they have joined the Free States which gives people the freedom to love whoever they fall for without discrimination. At least on the surface that is, the ideal. At this time, a young man born to an affluent family, is drawn to a romance with a music teacher, oozing oodles of charm but with scarce worldly possessions.

In 1993 in Manhattan, the AIDS epidemic reeks havoc on lives and the community. While a young Hawaiian lives with his much older partner, pushing down his troubled past and family.

Then in 2093, the world is deeply disturbed by plagues and totalitarianism, as a young and illustrious scientist tries to make sense of her husband’s disappearances, and yearns for her beloved grandfather.

Together each story and character is interwoven into this brilliant book. Hanya Yanagihara is such an incredible author, and it is hard to describe her work, because one must almost hop inside the book and experience it for themselves.

A rich, deep and truly magnificent book that is an epic narrative and will have you completely lost in the story.

Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books