At The Asian Review of Books


9 July 2010

A lovely review of Long for This World at the Asian Review of Books.  Here’s an excerpt:

SONYA CHUNG’s debut novel LONG FOR THIS WORLD takes a familiar theme — the tensions within a family straddling new and old, modernity and tradition — and builds something… complex, detailed and illuminating…

The plot advances as much through a short paragraph about a singular memory as it does from an entire chapter told in present day. Chung uses both third and first-person narration, with Jane telling her story in her own voice: the narration switches are effective and transition with success and Jane’s life as a photographer and as a constant observer lend well to first-person narration.

Chung has written a moving debut, one that shows how hyphenated Asian fiction may make a greater penetration into the mainstream.


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