Outrageous, fast-paced, and unpredictable. . . . Chiem is a skillful writer leading us in this oddball world of hippos, porn kings, and avant-garde theatre. . . . Richard Chiem is a kind of literary Robyn circa Body Talk. . . . This novel is not only an exploration of grief; it’s a confrontation with vulnerability, a journey from stoic numbness to an embrace of human emotion, and, in the end, a celebration of our ability to, if not heal, then at the very least, be resilient
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