Woven from the fabric of fact, myth, and imagination, Strauss’s narrative gives poignant, articulate voice to these legendary brothers, and humanizes the freakish legend that grew up around them. Sweeping from the Far East and the court of the King of Siam to the shared intimacy of their lives in America, Chang and Eng rescues one of the nineteenth century’s most fabled human oddities from the sideshow of history, drawing from their extraordinary lives a novel of exceptional power and beauty.
“Richly imagined…a haunting and thoroughly entertaining parable of loyalty and love.”—Los Angeles Times
“Chang and Eng rocks with twisted passion, wickedly astute ruminations and a sly and powerful wit.”—James Ellroy, author of The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential