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Paper Teeth

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"Paper Teeth," through interconnected short stories, follows the lives of the Lees, a Canadian-Chinese family and their friends who reside in Edmonton, Alberta. While playing with time, from the 1960s and 70s up to the present, Paper Teeth creates a world of walking dolls, family car trips, fashion and frosty makeup, home renovations inspired by pop culture, and moving up ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by NeWest Press
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Laura Frey (Reading in Bed)
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review to come, but I loved it. This is more of a novel to me than short stories. And so Edmonton specific!
Paper Teeth by Lauralyn Chow is a short story collection featuring a Chinese-Canadian family called the Lees and flits back and forth between the past and now. It’s a beautiful collection, with each story titled after a dish in a Chinese restaurant, Egg Drop Soup, Spicy Beef in Lettuce Wraps, One Thousand Year Old Eggs and so on.

Food is an integral part of this novel. For so many of us, I think food conjures up a special part of memory, of nostalgia — food has the ability to make us sentimental
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't decide which story or chapter I enjoyed most. Chow writes with such beautiful and engaging prose. I fell in love with her characters from the beginning and only wish the book wasn't so short.
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Really nice to read something about the Chinese community set in Edmonton and Calgary. Good collection of linked stories. Some great use of language.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE. Tired and can't think of more to say just now. But... LOVE.
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No story of captivating power could ever be set in Edmonton. It is a city that inspires lists of things, at the edge of publishability.
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I loved it. A very good read AND it made me think, and remember. There are so many immigrant specific experiences, even though the children aren't immigrants they have the problem of not understanding the Chinese language - kind of reverse immigrants - very timely for today's refugees and immigrants and the Canadians teaching EAL sessions.

The children's thoughts were really intriguing, so beautifully expressed. They sparked childhood memories of the sometimes mysterious, supposedly normal, adult
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