Deceit and Other Possibilities
StoriesBook - 2020
In this powerful debut collection, Vanessa Hua gives voice to immigrant families navigating a new America. Tied to their ancestral and adopted homelands in ways unimaginable in generations past, these memorable characters straddle both worlds but belong to none. From a Hong Kong movie idol fleeing a sex scandal, to an obedient daughter turned Stanford imposter, to a Chinatown elder summoned to his village, to a Korean-American pastor with a secret agenda, the characters in these ten stories vividly illustrate the conflict between self and society, tradition and change. In "What We Have is What We Need," winner of The Atlantic student fiction prize, a boy from Mexico reunites with his parents in San Francisco. When he suspects his mother has found love elsewhere, he fights to keep his family together. With insight and wit, she writes about what wounds us and what we must survive. Her searing stories explore the clash of cultures and the complex, always shifting allegiances that we carry in ourselves, our family, and our community.
Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint Press, 2020.
Edition: First paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 21 cm.
From Library Staff
A collection of short stories highlights the ties immigrants have between their ancestral and adopted homelands, including the tale of a Korean-American pastor with a secret agenda