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A first-generation son of Cambodian refugees, So writes with tenderness and humor about the lives of young people in a Cambodian-American community. Struggling with the tension of growing up American with a generation of parents still suffering the trauma of escaping the Cambodian genocide, So's characters sparkle with wit and irreverence despite the pain that haunts them. The stories he writes are messy, charting his characters' complicated efforts to carve out a place for themselves and to find meaning in the detritus inherited from their parents’ shattered worlds and the coping mechanisms they've developed to compensate.

Afterparties: Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

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Claire Luchette's debut is a gem of a novel. It's gentle, funny, dark at times, honest, told in concise pithy chapters. It reminded me of Miriam Toews's early books, especially Agatha's observations and questions about the world around her. It's a wonderful read about making your own life and finding where you belong.

Agatha of Little Neon: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374265267
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 3rd, 2021

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If you are a young person who feels as if they are living at the end of things or a not-so-young person wondering about the world you will leave behind: read this book. Doerr expertly weaves together five perspectives linked by a fantastical ancient Greek text, each of his protagonists finding new meaning in the story of a young man searching for a utopia in the sky. The characters almost seem to reach out to each other from across time and space, binding together 15th-century Constantinople, a town in present-day Idaho under siege from developers, and a lonely girl on the interstellar ship Argos. Themes of environmental and historical disaster dominate the narrative but don't drag it under, leaving the reader with an oddly hopeful message: yes, this is the end of everything, and yes, there will be more ends to come.

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

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