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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

AN INDIE NEXT SELECTION

AN AMAZON BEST OF THE MONTH EDITORS' PICK IN LITERATURE & FICTION

“Emotionally complex . . . masterfully renders the human condition in matters micro and vast . . . Like many of the best books, Miss Burma feels rooted in its time and place, while also laying bare timeless questions of loyalty, infidelity, patriotism, and identity—not to mention the globally perpetuated unfair treatment of women. It also raises one particularly resonant concern: What does it take to shake us out of complacency?”―ELLE magazine

Miss Burma serves as a much needed recalibration of history, one that redresses the narrative imbalance by placing other ethnic, non-Burmese points of view at the center of its story . . . In reimagining the extraordinary lives of her mother and grandparents, Craig produces some passages of exquisitely precise description . . . By resurrecting voices that are seldom heard on a wider stage, Craig’s novel . . . brings one of Burma’s many lost histories to vivid life.”                                              –The New York Times Book Review

“Craig ably controls the novel’s historic sweep, and is unsparing in providing details of meticulous torture and wartime horror. She also conveys a strong sense of family. A mother, parting with her children, kisses them ‘by placing the side of her nose against each of their cheeks and inhaling deeply.’”The New Yorker

“[An] epic new novel . . . The sweeping, multi-generational story of a family belonging to the Karen ethnic minority,       Miss Burma charts both a political history and a deeply personal one―and of those incendiary moments when private and public motivations overlap.”Los Angeles Times

“[A] riveting account of the treacheries, fractures, and courageous acts of wartime.”                                                           ―Jane Ciabattari, BBC (Ten Books to Read in May)

“A gorgeously-written novel that illuminates the universalities of fear and the desires for dignity and freedom.”     Literary Hub (15 Books to Read This May)

“Charmaine Craig wields powerful and vivid prose to illuminate a country and a family trapped not only by war and revolution, but also by desire and loss. Both epic and intimate, Miss Burma is a compelling and disturbing trip through Burmese history and politics.” ―Viet Thanh Nguyen

“Rich and layered, a complex weaving of national and personal trauma . . . Craig has written a captivating second novel that skillfully moves from moments of quiet intimacy and introspection to passages portraying the swift evolution of political events as multiple groups and nations vie for control of Burma's future. Mesmerizing and haunting.”                           Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A sweeping novel of Burma and its complicated history, told from the perspective of people whose voices have been systematically erased from the official record. Charmaine Craig writes about war and exile with an exquisite mix of tenderness and intelligence. A brilliant book.”―Laila Lalami

Miss Burma is a riveting portrayal of human resourcefulness and heroism, and of their inadequacy before the great cataclysms of history. This engrossing novel movingly affirms―in its characters, but also in the elegance and fineness of its craft―the perseverance of dignity in the face of our helplessness.”―Garth Greenwell