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Lucas and Katya were boarding school seniors when, blindingly in love, they decided to have a baby. Seventeen years later, after a decade of absence, Lucas is a weekend dad, newly involved in his daughter Vera’s life. But after Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic break at a high school party, Lucas takes her to Lithuania, his grandmother’s homeland, for the summer.

Here, in the city of Vilnius, Lucas hopes to save Vera from the sorrow of her diagnosis. As he uncovers a secret about his grandmother, a Home Army rebel who escaped Stutthof, Vera searches for answers of her own. Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby? What really happened the night of her breakdown? And who can she trust with the truth?

Skillfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with a story of mental illness, inheritance, young love, and adventure, Rufi Thorpe has written a breathtakingly intelligent, emotionally enthralling book.


While the themes of the book - mania, the Holocaust, and the devastating number of ways that any parent-child dynamic can go awry - are undeniably dark, Thorpe's prose is light, often hilarious, and unshakably grounded in the concrete details of daily life . . . Thorpe has written an absolute winner.
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Dear Fang, With Love is a beautiful story about mental illness and love
PopSugar, '26 Books You Should Read This Spring'
A brilliantly written, probing, uneasy look at a damaged friendship between two women
Independent on Sunday on The Girls from Corona Del Mar
Her depiction of female friendship is engaging and sharply observed
New Statesman on The Girls From Corona Del Mar
Observant, sometimes funny and continuously thought-provoking
Daily Mail on The Girls From Corona Del Mar