Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho
Trade paperback format. Highly recommended!
Our review: These short stories by Zen Cho are magical and real at the same time, a rare talent for storytelling where you feel like you are experiencing what each narrator encounters. Magical people, magical creatures, magical events alongside very everyday life. All peppered with Malaysian culture - words, settings, food and habits. I'm in love with this book.
A new expanded edition of Zen Cho’s award-winning debut collection.
Nineteen sparkling stories that weave between the lands of the living and the lands of the dead. Spirits Abroad is an expanded edition of Zen Cho’s Crawford Award winning debut collection with nine added stories including Hugo Award winner “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again.” A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.