Curator Reviews

Douglas Stuart

Chee’s writing is captivating, and he achieves a difficult thing – to take something so ugly and despicable and craft a beautiful story out of it. Set in Maine, “Fee” is part of a group of boys who are abused by their choir leader. Young Fee struggles to cope with his abuse and survive the loss of his friends who cannot escape the trauma of it. I was blown away by the final act, (no spoilers) when the past circles back around to revisit the characters many years later.

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Brandon Taylor

It’s not simply that this novel is brilliantly and ingeniously written. I loved this book for no small part because it perfectly captures the way one sometimes reinvents oneself in the wake of trauma. It’s just ghostly, this book. Ghostly and sublime.

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