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This collection of short stories transports the reader to the sizzling heat of Kuala Lumpur’s streets, to crimson sunsets at Vancouver’s bayside, and to the drizzly shores at Bible camp. The narrator, a young Chinese-Malaysian-Canadian girl, grapples with a simultaneously claustrophobic and distant relationship with her mother as she navigates her own teenage obstinacy, qu ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published May 18th 2020 by Life Rattle Press
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Vicky Again
Prelude & Other Short Stories was a lovely collection of short stories about a bisexual Chinese-Malaysian girl who moves from Kuala Lumpur to Vancouver when she is young. It ranges from quick, delightful stories you breeze through to more serious explorations of the narrator's life.

You're always left wondering how much is real and how much is fiction, but the stories resonate regardless. From stressful memories surrounding piano practice to lip-biting situations of discussing queerness, Prelude
A short, simple book of fictionalized memories / personalized stories chronicling Kwan's childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood in Kuala Lumpur early on and then in Vancouver.

These reminded me of Ivan Coyote's writing, in their focus on the everyday, small details and moments, and their down-to-earth quality. There's also queer content (bisexual specifically, and coming out in a Christian family). Anti-Asian racism in Vancouver gets the spotlight too. Some of my favourite moments were with
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grace’s writing has a nice amount of detail that makes the world she's writing about feel very grounded, real and lived-in. Small details, like the condensation on iced coffee, that most people would not notice specifically but definitely invoke the feelings of the environment that's meant to be portrayed. This makes reading this book sentence-by-sentence to be very enjoyable and gripping. but the overarching plot to these stories are also compelling. They will either be relatable to you or give ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Prelude and Other Stories quickly became one of my favourite books of the year! The writing style alone will make you fall in love with this book. The authors way of describing everything is a perfect example of how to be descriptive without being boring, from talking about the weather to the small details in her surroundings she manages to transport you into the scene you’re reading.

Every time I read a chapter about her as a child it just made me feel soft!! Like in chapters Prelude and Delphi
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Grace Kwan (she/they) is the author of Prelude: & Other Stories. They hold an Honours BA in Sociology and Professional Writing & Communication from the University of Toronto. Currently, they're an MA Sociology candidate at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) researching precariousness and migrant labour.

Grace's speculative short fiction and prose poetry have appeared in multiple anthologies an

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