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Spider Love Song and Other Stories

by Nancy Au

Spider Love Song and Other Stories by Nancy Au X
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    Oct 2019, 184 pages

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Spider Love Song and Other Stories is an eclectic mixture of distinctive characters and offbeat plots.

"I like when things don't work, but they do," ten-year-old Sophie Chu writes in her journal. When Sophie, whose parents have gone missing in the title piece of Nancy Au's collection Spider Love Song and Other Stories, writes this line, she has just finished explaining how her closet door "doesn't close properly" but "sort of sticks shut." The book as a whole features people whose lives don't work "properly," but who endeavor to make them work anyway.

Au's characters are stubborn and resilient, and they often express these qualities in oddly specific ways. In "Wearing My Skin," a mother recalls how she consumed an entire peach, pit and all, before leaving China to build a new life with her young daughter in the U.S. In "Louise," a woman finds herself in a communication breakdown with her wife, who, in making a case for adopting a duck they encounter in a city park, declares, "You can't...

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