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The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
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The Border of Paradise by Esmé Weijun Wang
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The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
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Drifting House by Krys Lee
Drifting House
by Krys Lee (Goodreads Author)
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I read the first half and skimmed through the second. I'm not totally interested in narratives that use violence, abuse, murder, mental illness, and incest as metaphors for the trauma of history, power, and immigration. It's literally smacking me ove ...more
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After the Parade by Lori Ostlund
After the Parade
by Lori Ostlund (Goodreads Author)
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I can only imagine this is the case, but it seems like Ostlund created a very complicated portrayal of abuse and the ways it's normalized, accepted, and translated in a lifetime. The descriptions are restrained, the violence mentioned so casually tha ...more
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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author)
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Ng's prose carried the story but it could have used a little more nuance in its exploration of race and family. It relied a little too heavily on causal backstories, as if the characters' entire lives and motivations were guided by their childhoods a ...more
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
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In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
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I picked this up when I heard Lahiri, an English speaker, wrote a memoir in Italian and had someone else translate it into English to maintain its clunkiness. The fact that her introduction describes the writing as exactly that was my first warning f ...more
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Shelter by Jung Yun
Shelter
by Jung Yun (Goodreads Author)
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The book starts with a slow, subtle reveal punctuated by violence: a hypocritical, disagreeable first person narrative that slowly becomes a portrait of trauma and the aftermath of childhood abuse and a horrific crime. But the story eventually relies ...more
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The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
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The lovely prose carried me through this poverty porn. In over 400 pages, the only story arc was a downhill plunge into the hell pit of exploited immigrant labor. It's an important story to tell, but I needed a little more substance and investment in ...more
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