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The Golden Land

The Golden Land

Author(s): Elizabeth Shick

Location(s): Burma (Myanmar)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1988 and 2011

Winner of the AWP Prize for the Novel, this debut novel digs deep into the complexities of family history and relationships.

When Etta’s grandmother dies, she is compelled to travel to Myanmar to explore complicated adolescent memories of her grandmother’s family and the violence she witnessed there. Full of rich detail and complex relationships, The Golden Land explores those personal narratives that might lie beneath the surface of historical accounts.

“A heartfelt exploration of the ties of family, The Golden Land is an engrossing tale told across generations with the explosive history of Myanmar as its backdrop. Elizabeth Shick has written a compelling, emotionally complex novel that explores the difficulties of defining oneself amid the struggle of competing cultures. This is a timely, necessary book.” —Sabina Murray, author of The Human Zoo and Valiant Gentlemen

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