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The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong Paperback – May 14, 2015
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About the Author
Leland Cheuk has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, I-Park Foundation, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Cheuk's work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Harvard Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and Tahoma Literary Review. The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong was named a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship as well as a semi-finalist for the Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press. His short fiction has been a finalist for the Salamander Fiction Prize (judged by Edith Pearlman) and the national Washington Square Review fiction contest (judged by Darin Strauss). He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. He lives in Brooklyn and is always at work on a novel and a collection of stories.
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Top Customer Reviews
I can't wait for his next effort...
Bottom line...Awesome. I can't wait for the movie/TV show based on the book.
Sulliver, initially safely in Copenhagen with his Danish wife, thought he’d left Bordirtoun for good, until his manipulative, charismatic father, Saul, shows up and pulls Sulliver back into the dysfunctional family and the exploitative political empire. Sulliver may have the best intentions but he’s no saint and faced with a series of choices he may make the wrong ones, even as he fervently wishes to do right. This novel is quick-paced and well-written, imbued with intelligence and humor. Leland Cheuk has a sharp eye for human foibles, bigotry, the immigrant experience and the vagaries of capitalism, taken to the absurd. Once you crack this book open, you won’t put down.
I'm really pleased to see a new generation of Chinese American writers, Leland Cheuk foremost among them, unafraid to be irreverent with a history that has thus far been handled with kid gloves. It's such a delight! The story is about Sully Pong and his effed-up family dynamics and broken moral compass (yay!) but it also traces out the history of the Chinese in America in a way that admits not every immigrant was hardworking or noble. Some of them were *jerks* [edited for vulgarity as per amazon's request]! Because they were REAL PEOPLE.
I didn't realize until I read this book that *this* is the way to make Asian American writing fresh. This is the new generation of As Am writing. Tao Lin (TAIPEI) and Ed Lin (THIS IS A BUST) are also doing this with their drug-addicted, alcoholic characters. And also Nami Mun (MILES FROM NOWHERE) and Angela Choi (HELLO KITTY MUST DIE).
Because: KEEPING IT REAL.
Cheuk adds to this, however, with his very dark humor and the unapologetic lack of redemption for the main character.
Overall, I'm just really impressed and excited by how this book busted open a million tired tropes of Asian American writing to make something fresh and funny and excellently written.