Melissa Duclos’ debut novel Besotted is a lyrical, urgent love story about two young American women, Sasha and Liz, who run away to China to try to find themselves. Sasha has fled all the trappings of her privileged life, including her father who disapproves of her sexuality. Liz, the object of Sasha’s desire, has packed up and left her predictable existence and Amherst-educated boyfriend, having grown tired of being an afterthought of his otherwise-enchanted life.
The plot seduced and sizzled, but it was the voice that kept me in its grip—a first-person omniscient point of view.
Thank you to Cleaver Magazine for this insightful, detailed review of Besotted!