Author: Pajtim Statovci
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Staff Pick: "Crossing by Pajtim Statovci is a tale of one person’s journey through various countries, genders and history. Exploring the difficulties of how one is perceived by others and oneself. Our narrator never comes from a highly moralistic view, but rather a very lived one. Despite countless reinventions, cities, styles, names, our narrator is always hiding something, always afraid of getting a little too close.
The story remains nonlinear throughout, beginning in Rome, going back to Albania, suddenly in the future in New York City, having the reader put together the pieces just as the narrator does: “Nobody has to remain the person they were born; we can put ourselves together like a jigsaw”. But guilt is a heavy thing and it follows the narrator like an old friend."