RaveThe New York Time Book ReviewKruzan’s memoir, written with the author and playwright Thomas, is a cogent and moving firsthand account of how systems fail to protect some of the most vulnerable among us. In a poignant chapter, Kruzan describes several suicide attempts ... Kruzan’s narration of harrowing events is forthright, but her compassion and resourcefulness shine through ... The chapters about Kruzan’s fight for freedom — aided by tireless activists and lawyers she meets following a highly publicized interview with Human Rights Watch — are both hopeful and sobering. After two decades in prison, she was released; but how many child trafficking survivors remain behind bars?
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PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewAcross two essays [the author] lucidly examines her fraught relationship with her own name ... Some essays end too neatly...But these are only minor detractions from the lovely complexity of a fresh and insightful debut.
RaveThe New York Times Book Review\"... propulsive and philsophical ... Naga dissects the shifting, slippery shapes of belonging and power under global capitalism ... The novel’s inventive form enlarges these ideas, unsettling our understanding of who is speaking and who is being addressed. In the first of the book’s three sections, each chapter opens with a philosophical question. It’s unclear to whom the questions are posed and that’s why they’re so effective—the novel invites the reader to consider each query too ... And throughout, the novel brims with sparkling prose. Naga’s sentences are precise and rich with bold, complex observations ... Naga doesn’t allow the reader to rest in easy notions of right and wrong or culpability and innocence ... This novel has a global, diasporic outlook; within it, we are all implicated.