The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories
shops in Chinatown to decaying tanneries in Tangra, Kwai-yun
Li's collection of linked short stories expose us to the
life of a marginalized community in postcolonial Calcutta.
We meander into Wong's Shoe Shop, where a mother arranges a marriage for her six-year-old daughter. We stop at a school for girls, where the principal singles out students who have large breasts for punishment. We pause by a temple guarded by a billy goat where family drama rages. We rally with politicians while the monsoon rain drenches us. We relax under waving palms while the setting sun shimmers over the surface of the Tangra fish ponds.
Kwai-yun Li's sensitivity and quirky sense of humour will keep us wanting to return to the ghetto again and again.
"The short stories in this volume are marked by a sureness of touch and an acuity of observation that match the best in their genre."
"The most striking element of Li’s writing is her ability to synthesize delicate, rich imagery with the dirt of reality."
"'First-Rate' writing . . . complicate(s) and enrich(es) our understanding of transnational formations in the Chinese diaspora."
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Publication Date: 2006
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