Heartsick Diaspora, and other stories, The
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Published: 1st Jan '20
Set in different cities around the world – New York, London, Singapore – this wry and playful debut collection of award-winning short stories are about emigration, identity, diasporas, family ties.
Elaine Chiew’s stories are interlaced with humour, compassion and the importance of food and cooking, and the memories that meals evoke, as her characters negotiate unfamiliar worlds, raise children in another country or introduce parents to partners who don’t speak their language. In the title story, four writers find their cultural bonds of friendship tested when a handsome young Asian man joins their group. In other stories, a brother searches for his sister forced to serve as a comfort woman during World War Two; three Singaporean sisters run a French gourmet restaurant in New York; a woman raps about being a Tiger Mother in Belgravia; and a filmmaker struggles to document the lives of samsui women-Singapore’s thrifty, hardworking construction workers. Elaine Chiew drills below the surface of her characters’ circumstances with exemplary narrative skill and subtlety. Her stories are as varied, worldly and emotionally resonant as the characters themselves. This is a fabulous debut collection and heralds an exciting new literary talent.
|Dimensions||129 × 198 mm|