02 Mar / The Coffin Tree by Wendy Law-Yone [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]
A young woman, the daughter of a powerful political revolutionary, and her half-brother flee their native Burma following a political coup and arrive in New York, ill-prepared to cope with their new lives as near-penniless refugees. Haunted by a life filled with desperation, both sister and brother face great tragedy.
A powerful first novel confronting alienation and overwhelming mental illness. The sparse language is especially effective and haunting.