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Have you ever read a book so beautiful, so engaging, so elegant and gorgeous that you long to keep reading it, even after you've finished? A book that you wish you could immediately re-read except that it made such a strong impression the first time that you feel you've already memorized all the words? A book that essentially ruins all other books for you, because nothing seems as good as the book you just read?
If not, you probably haven't read Erick Setiawan's debut novel, Of Bees and Mist.
It's a fable, it's a love story, it's a story of life and love and marriage and loss, it's a series of elaborate plays on words that somehow manages to avoid being silly or hokey. In fact, it's positively heartbreaking. Erick Setiawan creates a world in which the daily hurts of family life take physical form, in which the walls that spring up between couples become actual walls that must be toppled, in which the lure of a mistress becomes a corporeal mist that blows into a home and destroys all happiness within.