Submerge yourself in the worlds of these three short story collections by Asian authors: Vietnamese Viet Thanh Nguyen, Hong Kong native David T.K. Wong, and Indian immigrant Jhumpa Lahiri – who each draw from their own experiences, whilst proving that character development and a captivating plot are possible even in just a few pages.
Though reading may sometimes seem to be time-consuming when there are so many other commitments to see to, these short stories make for the perfect summer read.
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2017)
Genre: Short story
Pulitzer prize winning contemporary author Viet Thanh Nguyen does it again with The Refugees, a collection of nine short stories written over a period of 20 years. Between the various settings in both Vietnam and America, sharp observations by Nguyen capture the minutiae of life and human conflict, and how this is translated into the lives of refugees and Asian immigrants.
From Black-Eyed Woman, to The Transplant, to Fatherland – each story is as striking as implied by their title; featuring everything from the culture shock of a young Vietnamese man transported to bohemian San Francisco, to the story behind a haunted ghost-writer addressing the literal and figurative ghosts in her life. With a deliberate diversity of perspectives, there is a story for everyone – a personal favourite short story from this collection being The Other Man.
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