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Afterparties: Stories av Anthony Veasna So

Afterparties: Stories (utgåvan 2021)

av Anthony Veasna So (Författare)

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Titel:Afterparties: Stories
Författare:Anthony Veasna So (Författare)
Info:Ecco (2021), 272 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Afterparties: Stories av Anthony Veasna So


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A solid collection of stories, but the fact that some of them are clearly linked, but very far apart in time, but little indication is given of the time in which most of the stories are set, made it difficult to be sure one was identifying all of the connections.
  Unreachableshelf | Oct 28, 2021 |
I loved this book so much. Each story is great, and together as a collection they inform each other. Characters are vivid, structure and plot are varied/surprising/satisfying/complex. There is a feeling that writer is holding nothing back. I got such a clear sense of the community he writes about. Autobiography/biography clearly is the start but is by no means the end/the limit of each story. There is a whole world here. I will forever be sad that this all of his I will get to read but so thankful for what he has created here. ( )
  erikasolberg770 | Sep 19, 2021 |
I've fallen into another review slump, over thirty books behind AND a slew of arcs have gone and gotten themselves published and here I sit without my reading notes.

'Afterparties' is a collection of short stories. Some of the characters re-appear, but all of the stories contribute to the picture of a community of Cambodian-Americans. Most of the characters are first and second generation children of the immigrants and the perspective was fascinating. I'm also left with a deep longing for Khmer donuts. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Sep 11, 2021 |
Cambodian immigrant short stories, related from the American-born children's point of view; rather sad and often desperately poignant related to the difficult integration into a white North American society. The first story in the book was my favourite and I least liked the one about Maly and Ves, because it was such a depressing view of how their lived reality truly was.

Anthony Veasna So was such a promising writer but died at the age of 28 (drug overdose). As a young, queer Cambodian American writer, So wrote about the big questions of his ethnic identity, Khmer: How do you live in the aftermath of the Cambodian Genocide? How do you bridge the gap between a generation fine with just surviving and one that wants more? What does it even mean to be Khmer? (Quoting NPR's posthumous review). I highly recommend this book for insights into the immigrant's lives ~ the ones who escaped Cambodia. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Sep 2, 2021 |
This frenetic collection of short fiction by Cambodian-American author Anthony Veasna So is an impassioned testament to human survival and the struggle to heal and rebuild in the aftermath of horrific events. So’s characters are the sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, of Cambodian migrants who came to America, fleeing the murderous Khmer Rouge regime and the genocide that killed millions. Family and community loom large in these pages—the legacy of endurance being passed from one generation to the next. But almost as important as family connections are issues of racial and personal identity. Many of So’s narrators are queer young men looking to meld or reconcile their queer individuality with their Cambodian heritage. Mostly though, So’s characters, like all of us, are people who simply want to get on with things: move their lives forward and overcome the obstacles that circumstance places in their way. “Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts” tells the story of single mother Sothy, who owns and operates Chuck’s Donuts (“she’s never met a Chuck in her life; she simply thought the name was American enough to draw customers.”), and her two daughters and their tense encounter with a mysterious repeat customer who habitually arrives in the middle of the night, orders a fritter, but never eats it as he keeps watch out the window. “We Would’ve Been Princes!”, set at a chaotic afterparty following a wedding, describes the efforts of brothers Marlon and Bond to determine if their rich uncle has given the traditional cash gift to the bride and groom. And, most poignantly, “Generational Differences” addresses the issue of traumatic memory head-on: a Cambodian woman who was a teacher in Stockton, California in 1989 recounts to her son her experience as a survivor of a racially motivated school shooting. But her memory of this event is inevitably linked to earlier memories, of the genocide and of her brother’s suicide. “I don’t need you to recall the details of those tragedies that were dropped into my world,” she says near the end, concluding that, as survivors, all they can do is keep living. Unfortunately for readers, So himself did not survive, having died of a drug overdose in late 2020 at the age of 28. The loss of a unique voice and the premature end to what might have been a brilliant career endows these pulsating stories with great urgency and leave us wondering what might have been. In the meantime, we can relish Anthony Veasna So’s legacy: his depiction of a haunted community, one that, though resilient, vibrant and thriving, will always struggle to step out from under the shadow of its brutalized past. ( )
  icolford | Aug 27, 2021 |
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