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Simple Recipes: Storiesby Madeleine Thien
Synopses & Reviews
With delicate language and wisdom, Madeleine Thien explores the longing of families pulled apart by conflicts between generations, cultures, and values.
Each of these stories captures a deeply personal world in which characters struggle to reconcile family loyalty with individual desires. In "House," a 10-year-old girl longs for the alcoholic mother who left the house one day never to return. In "Dispatch," a woman tries to hold her marriage together even after finding proof that her husband is in love with someone else. In "A Map of the City," a young woman's troubled relationship with her father overshadows the course she takes in her adult life.
Thien's fresh perspective and spare, haunting prose have already won her prizes and the praise of established masters. Simple Recipes is the beginning of a luminous writing career.
"[A] graceful debut collection....As powerful as most of the stories are, they sometimes suffer from the obviousness of their metaphors....Still, the simplicity of Thien's narration belies the complexity of her themes. She is a writer to watch." Publishers Weekly
"Seven spare, eloquent tales....Truthful and suffused with quiet ache: a welcome collection, with the Asian background presented without exoticism, as a matter-of-fact part of North American life." Kirkus Reviews
"Speaking in a voice eloquently empathetic, warm, and wise, Thien creates melancholy characterizations and plaintive plots....These are accomplished and passionate tales..." Carol Haggas, Booklist
Longing, familiarity, and hope suffuse these stories. A woman's troubled relationship with her parents casts a shadow over the love she has found in adulthood. Two sisters keep a vigil outside their former house, hoping for their long-absent mother to reappear. A wife helps her husband grieve for a woman he loved since childhood. A mother packs her rebellious daughters in the car and drives off for parts unknown.
About the Author
Madeleine Thien, 26, is the Canadian-born daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
Table of Contents
Simple Recipes 1
Four Days from Oregon 21
Bullet Train 127
A Map of the City 159
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