The Border of Paradise by Esmé Weijun Wang

The Border of Paradise

Esmé Weijun Wang

fiction historical emotional reflective slow-paced

292 pages | first published 2016

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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 ...
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dark 94%
tense 52%
challenging 47%
sad 41%
emotional 35%
mysterious 23%
reflective 11%
adventurous 5%


medium 64%
slow 29%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 57% | A mix: 42%

Strong character development?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 7%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 60% | No: 40%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 92% | No: 7%

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