Lake like a mirror

by Fong, Ho Sok,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Mysterious, perturbing and strikingly beautiful, this collection of stories explores the lives of Malaysian women: immigrants, rebels, lost souls, pragmatists, dreamers Winner of a PEN Translates award By an author described by critics as "the most accomplished Malaysian writer, full stop," Lake Like a Mirror is a scintillating exploration of the lives of women buffeted by powers beyond their control. Squeezing themselves between the gaps of rabid urbanization, patriarchal structures and a theocratic government, these women find their lives twisted in disturbing ways. In precise and disquieting prose, Ho Sok Fong draws her readers into a richly atmospheric world of naked sleepwalkers in a rehabilitation center for wayward Muslims, mysterious wooden boxes, gossip in unlicensed hairdressers, hotels with amnesiac guests, and poetry classes with accidentally charged politics-a world that is peopled with the ghosts of unsaid words, unmanaged desires and uncertain statuses, surreal and utterly true.
The wall
Radio drama
Lake like a mirror
The chest
Summer tornado
Wind through the pineapple leaves, through the frangipani
March in a small town.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""To her, life was always someone else's story." In her second collection of stories, Fong (Maze Carpet, 2019) depicts women who are trapped by repressive patriarchal, religious, and governmental powers delineating their lives outside of their control. In "The Wall," a brick barrier is built to separate a row of houses from the adjacent highway. It puts the houses' tenants in perpetual gloom and leads one aunty to become incredibly thin as she quietly creates her own world in her kitchen. In "Aminah," people in a rehabilitation center are forced to adhere to strict Muslim law. Among those resistant to following Islam is the story's title character, a woman who sleepwalks naked and embodies the unspoken desires of every human being. And in the title story, a Chinese Malaysian teacher has learned to quietly live a censored lifestyle according to what the committee at the university dictates as politically correct for the sake of her job. Fong's critical and surreal prose will engage readers interested in soft magical realism and compelling imagery."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Malaysian writer Fong's excellent debut collection features women pushed to the margins of society. In "The Wall," a highway construction project transforms a neighborhood. After a little girl who lived in a nearby apartment building is run over and killed, a barrier is built between the highway and the back of the apartment building. The life of a woman called "next-door aunty" is disrupted by the presence of the wall, which blocks sunlight and her back door. In Fong's sly fantastical tale, the aunty's body gradually adjusts, becoming thin enough that she can slip through the foot of space between door and wall. In "Aminah," a young woman with that name born to a Muslim father applies to the Syariah Court to leave Islam. The application is denied, and she is ordered to stay at a rehabilitation center. In her despair and frustration, she wanders the grounds at night in her sleep, naked, spurring crises of faith among the teachers and wardens. In "Wind Through the Pineapple Leaves, Through the Frangipani," another Aminah lends further insight to resisting a Muslim rehabilitation center ("Reading from the Quran mends mouths, but they sin by mispronouncing syllables. They sin by secretly skipping pages"), and Aminah begins imagining a froglike angelic apparition. Fong's vivid imagination and keen eye for women's pain, gracefully translated, are hallmarks of a deeply talented writer. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women -- Malaysia -- Fiction.
Malaysia -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher San Francisco, CA :2020
Other Titles Short stories.
Contributors Bruce, Natascha, translator.
Language English
Description 206 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781931883986
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