… speaking of fantastic reads, Afterparties, Anthony Veasna So’s posthumous debut, arrives this week. Afterparties is a collection of loosely connected stories about Cambodian-Americans. They are all crafting new identities (or trying to find identities) in America, but the ghosts of the ancestors and the haunting memories of their homeland are never far away. So’s stories are both charming and poignant, and all-together, they make for a stirring narrative that is far greater than the individual pieces. Recommended.
—A Good Book, Sumner, WA
Anna says Afterparties “is an amazing collection of short stories – just really really really good!” Then Cassie had to jump in and say that she really likes the narrator for the audiobook, and the way it “shows a really diverse array of experiences for Asian Americans, which I really appreciate, because we’re not just one thing, we’re a lot of different things. ” And Ariana added “it doesn’t just focus on trauma, it has a lot of humor to it as well.” Clearly a staff favorite, and an Indies Introduce pick to boot!
–Anna, Cassie, and Ariana, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT