Excited for next Tuesday, January 11th, 2022, as the new book from our favourite author is coming out: “To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara. Just pre-order it as an audiobook on Audible (it’s 28 hours long). Hanya Yanagihara, the acclaimed 2015 novel A Little Life, is not fooling around with her wildly ambitious new book.
It threads together three separate timelines—an alternate history of America circa 1893, a contemporary Manhattan story in 1993, and a futuristic vision of our ravaged and totalitarian nation in 2093. It’s three fin de siècle novels in one, stitched into one powerful concept—nothing less than the American experiment’s past, present, and future.
Yanagihara, the editor of T Magazine and the author of “A Little Life,” imagines alternate Americas, the first in 1893, when the country consists, post-Civil War, of separate territories; another in 1993, when a Hawaiian man living in New York reckons with his past as the city confronts H.I.V.; and the third in 2093, when America is beset by pandemics and authoritarian rule.