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Trace ElementsTrace Elements of Random Tea Parties
by Felicia Luna Lemus
Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 252 pages, $23.

 

FIRST you fall in love with the title. You imagine mismatched pieces of fragile china, translucent, in delicate greens and floral pinks. Your mind hand-feeds you memories of sweet petit fours, frosted pastel lavender and yellow, you smell jasmine tea steeping in a perfectly shaped tea pot, steam blooming from the spout like fragrant ghost petals.

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