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Product Details

  • Series: Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889330167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889330167
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,357,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If it's possible to be dubbed a "master storyteller" this early in one's career, then Leung's enchanting debut short story collection most assuredly has earned him the title. As diverse as they are similar, Leung's characters and their conditions run the gamut from elderly widower to precocious youngsters, porn star to AIDS victim, serial killer to estranged sisters, and all are lucidly portrayed in prose that is achingly lyrical and elegantly refined. Leung's stories are startling in their depth and intricacy. "Dog Sleep" is an allegory for all the ways we lose love, while "White Hand" traces the loss of cultural heritage through generations of Chinese Americans. "Leases," the most breathtakingly beautiful of the collection, is a poignant examination of an unorthodox marriage. Throughout, Leung creates characters that leave their mark on the reader's psyche, and he does it with a subtle but sure hand. Though their circumstances may be uncommon, Leung's luminous characters shine with their ennobling power to reveal the common thread connecting us all. Carol Haggas
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...[A] collection of remarkable short stories... -- Daniel Lee, OUT Magazine

With quiet sureness, first-timer Leung offers stories almost radical in their humane inclusiveness. -- Kirkus Reviews

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Brian Leung was born and raised in San Diego County, a somewhat unlikely location given that his mother was born in Battleground, Washington and his father escaped from China in 1949. For many years Brian lived in Los Angeles, where he studied the city's kinetic diversity and found his literary voice. Today he resides in a Shotgun house built in 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to being an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville, and a novelist, he is an avid collector of original animation art and also, the work of the famed graphic artist, Charles Harper.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
What makes this book special to me is that it offers so many quiet moments of clarity. The world I live in doesn't serve these up too often, and to find this thoughtful calmness between these pages was a genuine pleasure. And yet, it's not as if the characters are living easy lives or have easy answers. Their lives are as difficult and complicated as mine. In some ways, it seems as if the reader is being softly reminded that the simple act of reflection can clear away alot of life's problems. My favorite stories in here are "Drawings By Andrew Warhol," which is crazy, "Leases" and the title story, the latter two of which deal with their characters in a way that kind of startled me in a good way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2004
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In his book World Famous Love Acts, Leung takes a jump into exploring the side of relationships that one usually pretends is not there. The side of the self that is somewhat stranged from the part that one presents to the world. Leung's success is admirable in his approach to that side of relationships and inner character. In his montage of short stories that he delivers in a T.S. Eliot-like manner, he shows the disconnectedness that lures over most of contemporary society, encouraging to evaluate ourselves and our relationships. I applaud Mr. Leung on his successful book, and look forward to more of products of his imagination. His expertice on the craft of story telling is incomparable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Thoms on April 11, 2004
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What's stunning about this collection of stories is that the writer manages so many authentic voices and yet maintains a key and unifying lyricism. The range of sexualities and cultures is impressive. And no character here is left off the hook for their dubious life choices. Yet, all are respected in their journey of reflection on those choices. The results are both open, and surprising. Equally as impressive is that Leung avoids the cliche's and well-trod ground of fiction with (...)Chinese characters. Any reader who has pre-concieved notions of how family relationships, love relationships, and cultural relationships are "supposed" to be written will be wholly and usefully challenged by these stories. This is a new and authentic reading of what it means to be human.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
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I saw Brian Leung read from this book recently and I bought a copy. The story he read was amazing, and I had hoped that the others would be similarly solid. I wasn't dissapointed. I could't put this book down. I would usually read a story a night, but I stayed up all night reading this book cover to cover. Thanks for writing such a great book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2004
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This book is a MUST READ. I cannot put into words how overwhelmingly suprised I was and how well written this book is from cover to cover and back again! I am buying for friends to read..... it is that good!
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