After his daughter, Vera, suffers a psychotic break at a high school party and is diagnosed as bipolar, Lucas decides to take her on a trip to Vilnius, hoping the change of scenery will help rouse her from the fog of her medication and bring them closer together. Lucas and his high school sweetheart, Katya, had Vera when they were only 18, and Lucas was not part of Vera's life for most of her childhood.
Thorpe skillfully weaves family mythology and Lithuanian history in a story of mental illness, inheritance, young love, and adventure in this accomplished and stunningly emotional book.
"Switching between Lucas' endearing narration and Vera's ultrateenage letters home to her boyfriend, Fang, the novel weaves a strange and strangely intoxicating web of histories, both personal and geopolitical.... Melancholic and whimsical at once, Thorpe's novel is…wholly original." (