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The Kingdom of Sand

A nonlinear novel focused on the transient nature of life could have been depressing, but Andrew Holleran‘s thoughtful, poetic treatment makes The Kingdom of Sand one of the most beautiful novels of the year.

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Review of ‘The Kingdom of Sand’

"There is no wealth but life," wrote John Ruskin near the end of his 1860 book, Unto This Last. The unnamed narrator of Andrew Holleran's doleful fourth novel, The Kingdom of Sand, cites Ruskin midway through, by which time readers know the reason this quotation is on his mind. A gay man in his 60s,…

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