Lea Ypi is your perfect guide to '90s Albania. She brings to her memoir both current knowledge of political theory and incredible memories of her own family past. Ypi's writing is lively and often funny, her descriptions of childhood experiences and observations of family members and conversations are incredibly vivid and astute, and this book is one of the best remembrances I've come upon of that uncertain and chaotic era.
This is the perfect book for those who love historical novels with spells, sexual tension, and tasteful furnishings. It will also tick the boxes for readers who enjoy murder mysteries that happen on seemingly alive family estates. This book is magically queer, luscious, sexy, and absolutely wonderful.
This is such an artfully done psychological horror novel that though I felt like reading it in one go, I had to periodically put it down. It's a spine-tingling, horrifying, moving, emotional ride. Even when I thought I knew what was going on, the novel took me to a different place (do not peek at the afterword, you will be spoiled!). Catriona Ward is definitely a must-read horror writer.