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How to Pronounce Knife (Hardback)
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How to Pronounce Knife (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 16/04/2020
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In her stunning debut, Souvankham Thammavongsa captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city, illuminating hopes, disappointments, love affairs, and above all, the pursuit of a place to belong. An ex-boxer turned nail salon worker falls for a pair of immaculate hands; a mother and daughter harvest earthworms in the middle of the night; a country music-obsessed housewife abandons her family for fantasy; and a young girl's love for her father transcends language. Uncannily and intimately observed, written with prose of exceptional precision, the stories in How to Pronounce Knife speak of modern location and dislocation, revealing lives lived in the embrace of isolation and severed history - but not without joy, humour, resilience, and constant wonder at the workings of the world.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526610430
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
These poignant and deceptively quiet stories are powerhouses of feeling and depth; How to Pronounce Knife is an artful blend of simplicity and sophistication -- Mary Gaitskill
I love these stories. There's some fierce and steady activity in all of the sentences - something that makes them live, and makes them shift a little in meaning when you look at them again and they look back at you (or look beyond you) -- Helen Oyeyemi
Souvankham Thammavongsa writes with deep precision, wide-open spaces, and quiet, cool, emotionally devastating poise. There is not a moment off in these affecting stories -- Sheila Heti
A riveting, subversive collection that alights within us like a shock to the system. I find it miraculous - and liberating and joyful - that language so radiantly exact can be so raw, so brazen. This is a major work and a lasting one -- Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing
'In this touching debut, the Thailand-born, Toronto-raised author captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city with universal hopes, disappointments, love affairs, and a desire to belong ... stand-out' * Cosmopolitan *
A masterful collection, written with so much veracity, you'll swear every word is true ... Here is life, rendered with precision and insight. Instantly recognizable. She offers sharp sensory details, piercing imagery, endings that will punch you in the gut and leave you yearning for more -- Sharon Bala, author The Boat People
This is a book full of powerful resilience, great journeys, and above all else: fierce, heart-wrenching love -- Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters
A book of rarest beauty and power. Souvankham Thammavongsa has already earned a devoted readership for her poetry. And in each of these exquisitely crafted stories, we experience the profound emotional effects of economy and distillation. We feel the reverberating energy around each judiciously placed word. This is one of the great short story collections of our time. Do not miss it -- David Chariandy, author of Brother
How to Pronounce Knife is a book of unusual ferocity and grace. Souvankham Thammavongsa carefully unpacks the aches and aspirations of immigrant and refugee life in tight, commanding prose; and these subtle yet shattering stories glow with empathy, humor, and wisdom -- Mia Alvar, author of In the Country

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