Check out the below video to watch the Cambridge Common Writers-hosted book launch for Elizabeth Shick’s (Fiction, January 2019) debut novel, The Golden Land.
A debut novel that digs deep into the complexities of family history and relationships.
When Etta’s grandmother dies, she is compelled to travel to Myanmar to explore complicated adolescent memories of her grandmother’s family and the violence she witnessed there. Full of rich detail and complex relationships, The Golden Land explores those personal narratives that might lie beneath the surface of historical accounts.
“A heartfelt exploration of the ties of family, The Golden Land is an engrossing tale told across generations with the explosive history of Myanmar as its backdrop. Elizabeth Shick has written a compelling, emotionally complex novel that explores the difficulties of defining oneself amid the struggle of competing cultures. This is a timely, necessary book.” –Sabina Murray, author of The Human Zoo and Valiant Gentlemen.
Elizabeth Shick grew up dreaming of other worlds, both real and imagined. Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, she has lived and worked in Angola, Bangladesh, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Italy. Along the way, she met and married her Italian-Australian husband and raised two wonderful and worldly daughters and three well-traveled cats. Liz and her husband now live in Dhaka, Bangladesh, returning to their home in West Tisbury, Massachusetts at least once a year. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Lesley University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. Her debut novel, The Golden Land, which was inspired by the six years she lived in Yangon, Myanmar, is the winner of the 2021 AWP Prize for the Novel.
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