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How to Pronounce Knife

by Souvankham Thammavongsa

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How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
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    Apr 2020, 192 pages

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In her powerfully poignant debut collection of stories, Souvankham Thammavongsa illuminates the marginalized lives of Lao immigrants in Canada.

Many examples of immigrant fiction dedicate a portion of their storytelling to exploring details of homelands that their characters have abandoned—food, rituals, sights and sounds of countries sorely missed. It is striking how little time Thammavongsa has for such wistfulness. Throughout the 14 stories collected in How to Pronounce Knife, nearly all of which follow Lao immigrants and refugees building new lives in unnamed towns across Canada, not once do we encounter a character homesick with nostalgia.

Laos may flow in the bloodstream of these stories, but the Southeast Asian country itself remains an invisible presence, a land that lies half a world away. Characters make brief mention of the "bombed-out country in a war no one ever heard of," but they rarely delve into their particular reasons for leaving, and the book contains little about the history, politics and culture ...

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