Afterparties

Afterparties

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Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family.

A high school badminton coach and failing grocery store owner tries to relive his glory days by beating a rising star teenage player. Two drunken brothers attend a wedding afterparty and hatch a plan to expose their shady uncle’s snubbing of the bride and groom. A queer love affair sparks between an older tech entrepreneur trying to launch a “safe space” app and a disillusioned young teacher obsessed with Moby-Dick. And in the sweeping final story, a nine-year-old child learns that his mother survived a racist school shooter.

With nuanced emotional precision, gritty humor, and compassionate insight into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities, the stories in Afterparties deliver an explosive introduction to the work of Anthony Veasna So.

Title:Afterparties
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063049918
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    Afterparties Reviews

  • Roxane

    An outstanding short story collection and one of the finest books I’ve read on how generational trauma can shape and influence a diasporic community. These stories, about Cambodian immigrants and th...

  • Julie Ehlers

    Much as I wish it weren't the case, I need to start this review this way: I spent part of my 2020 lockdown catching up on about six months' worth of New Yorker short stories, and one of my favorites w...

  • Richard Derus

    Real Rating: 4.5* of five, rounded up out of sheer misery that this is all we're going to get of the man's wonderful workOUT TODAY! I RECEIVED A DRC FROM THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY. THANK YOU.My Revi...

  • Thomas

    Loved this short story collection’s intimate examination of Cambodian Americans living in California. I felt like Anthony Veasna So wrote with great authenticity about how intergenerational trauma a...

  • Matthew

    So this is it, eh? This is all you’re going to give us? Well, shit. I suppose I should be thankful I get anything at all, but truth be told I’m more pissed than anything. Why some midwestern dad b...

  • luce

    | | blog | tumblr | ko-fi | |Candid and humorously absurd Afterparties is a collection of short stories that focuses on the experiences of Cambodian-Americans in California. In spite of the occasion...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    There have been notable collections focussing on the challenges faced by second or third generation immigrants, living under the pressure to succeed in a world their forebears have struggled to provid...

  • Dan

    I’ve tried and failed to find adequate comparisons to Afterparties, Anthony Veasna So’s debut and presumably only short story collection. Perhaps oddly, I think of Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbu...

  • Ming

    I finished this book right after the new year and it has haunted me since (it's March 4, 2021 today).The last story in this collection refers to a visit by Michael Jackson to an elementary school afte...

  • Darryl Suite

    I’m totally in love. And totally sad. Veasna So had such an expressive and unique voice, a writer who was most certainly not a follower. I don’t know how to explain it, but these stories just felt...