Hong Kong-born author on her autobiographical novel about two sisters living apart, one of whom has Down syndrome, that reads like a fairy tale

When Things are Alive They Hum by Hannah Bent, pub. Ultimo PressHarper and Marlowe are sisters. Harper, who is 20, has Down syndrome, which she prefers to call Up syndrome. She lives with their British father and Chinese grandmother in Hong Kong. Marlowe is in London, doing her PhD and living with her boyfriend, Olly, who makes such helpful expository remarks as, “Your research on the symbiotic relationship between the arion larvae and the population of the sabuleti will significantly aid the…


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