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Deceit and Other Possibilities

Audiobook
Fiction: Short Stories
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/07/2020

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Winner, Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
California Book Award Finalist
One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year

Deceit and Other Possibilities

Stories

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Audio CD ISBN:9781696600484
Digital Download ISBN:9781684579075

Summary

In her powerful collection, first published in 2016 and now featuring new stories, 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.

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In her powerful collection, first published in 2016 and now featuring new stories, 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 pretender, from a Chinatown elder summoned to his village to a Korean American pastor with a secret agenda, the characters in the collection illustrate the conflict between self and society, tradition and change. In "What We Have Is What We Need," winner of the Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, 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, Hua writes about what wounds us and what we must survive. Deceit and Other Possibilities marked the emergence of a remarkable new writer and is now available more broadly.

Reviews/Praise

"Dazzling . . . Hua writes with tenderness, humor, and empathy, imbuing her stories with lovely turns of phrase . . . Fans of Hua's acclaimed first novel, River of Stars (2018), will savor these unforgettable stories." ―Kirkus Starred Review

“This searing debut is about immigrants navigating a new America.” ―O, The Oprah Magazine

“Profoundly moving, and impossible to forget…a truly impressive debut.” ―Nylon

“The men, women and children in Hua’s moving debut often find themselves straddling the volatile fault lines between desire and shame, decorum and rage... She has a deep understanding of the pressure of submerged emotions and polite, face-saving deceptions. The truth comes out, sometimes explosively, sometimes in a quiet act of courage.” ―San Francisco Chronicle

“An intriguing collection...each of her protagonists is never quite grounded, caught between multiple cultures and countries. Each hides beneath layers of deceit, clinging to lies that enable survival....Hua is a writer to watch.” ―Booklist

Author Bio

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of A River of Stars. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation's James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing.