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Kirstin Chen's second novel, Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), was named a best book of the year by Entropy, Popsugar, and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. She has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, among others. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently resides in San Francisco.

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Kirstin Chen Thanks, Elise! I'm in the very early stages of the 3rd book, so I'm guessing it'll be at least a couple of years.
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Had this been 50–75 pages shorter, Breasts and Eggs might be one of my new favorites. As it is, the loose, meandering dialogue-heavy style charmed me in the beginning but wore on me a little by the end. Still very much worth reading though!
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Still thinking about this one....it was interesting, no doubt, and has a powerful, chilling message, but the writing is so clunky, I kept thinking that the same message xould have been delivered more effectively in another genre. Maybe the film adapt ...more
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a deeply flawed book....and yet I relished every page.
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