Hunger: a novella and stories
The novella and five stories that make up this collection reveal the lives of immigrant families haunted by lost loves: A ghost seduces a young girl into a flooded river; a mother commands a daughter to avenge her father's death; and in the title novella, a woman speaks from beyond the grave about her tragic marriage to an exiled musician whose own disappointments nearly destroyed their two daughters. The characters, whose culture and families have been lost to the forces of history, mistrust connection even as they hunger for attachment.In exquisite prose Lan Samantha Chang weaves the forces of war and magic, food and desire, ghosts and family, into haunting tales that reveal the mysteries of the heart. Again and again, she asks the question: Is ordinary love not a kind of burden, stifling and terrifying in the choices and responsibilities it forces on us? And yet we yearn for it, suffer for it, define ourselves by our experience of it, cannot live without it.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BookConcierge - LibraryThing
This is a Novella plus short stories about the immigrant’s hunger for acceptance, for love, for lost tradition, and how one parent’s desire for fulfillment can tear a family apart. Excellent. The ... Read full review
HUNGER: A Novella and StoriesUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A wonderfully written debut collection focusing on Chinese immigrants to America and the troubled lives of their children. Chang concentrates on depicting—with considerable insight and originality ... Read full review