As in her collection, Pastiche: Stories and Such, Lucille Bellucci continues her oblique observations of the world. There is hard truth in some of them, and a fond embrace of feline innocence in her homage to Pinky and the Gang. In between, Bellucci delivers a riot of experiences. She favors a mix, and that is what stands between these covers. Why? Because she looks at her own work with a sense of irony.Lucille Bellucci was born in Shanghai, China, of an Italian-Dutch-indonesian father and Chinese mother. She has lived in Italy and Brazil. Her novels are the Snake woman of Ipanema, The Year of the Rat, Journey from Shanghai, Stone of Heaven, and A Rare Passion (an e-book). Pastiche: Stories and Such is her first collection. Winner of eight awards, her short stories and essays have appeared in national periodicals and literary journals. She lives in Oakland, California.