How Does A Single Blade Of Grass Thank The Sun? by Doretta LauHow Does A Single Blade Of Grass Thank The Sun? by Doretta Lau

How Does A Single Blade Of Grass Thank The Sun?

byDoretta Lau

Paperback | April 5, 2014

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Building on the success of the Journey Prize-shortlisted title story, the stories of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? present an updated and whimsical new take on what it means to be Canadian. Lau alludes to the personal and political histories of a number of young Asian Canadian characters to explain their unique perspectives of the world, artfully fusing pure delusion and abstract perception with heartbreaking reality.

Correspondingly, the book's title refers to an interview with Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, who when asked about the Shanghai Sharks, the team that shaped his formative sporting years, responded, "How does a single blade of grass thank the sun?" Lau's stories feature the children and grandchildren of immigrants, transnational adoptees and multiracial adults who came of age in the 1990s--all struggling to find a place in the Western world and using the only language they know to express their hopes, fears and expectations.
Doretta Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia and Bazaar Art Hong Kong. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PrismInternational, RicePaper, SubTerrain and Zen Mon...
Title:How Does A Single Blade Of Grass Thank The Sun?Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:April 5, 2014Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088971293X

ISBN - 13:9780889712935

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! The stories take you for a joyride through the human condition--in a car hotboxed with nitrous oxide. One of those rare reads that stay with you long after you put it down.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy, odd, imaginative I loved the happy oddness of these stories. Doretta's fresh, imaginative prose is wonderfully expressive of what it means to inhabit a globalized world. One of my favourite books of last year :)
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read book The stories in this book are fast, joyful, harrowing, tragic -- kind of like what it feels like eating spicy instant noodles, but more nutritious, filling, and long-lasting.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five Stars This is a book packed with wit, intelligence, and surprising touches of sweetness. I admire Lau?s ability to write with both humour and depth?not an easy feat. These will be stories I share often and I?ll look forward to her next book.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Gorgeous! Read it.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! This is not your grandma's book club book! This collection of short stories blew me away -- I read it in one sitting - so inventive, exciting and modern. If you're wondering what's going on in fiction, this is the book to check out.
Date published: 2014-08-16