Afterparties: Stories (Compact Disc)

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I enjoyed this book of short stories about the lives of Khmer refugees and their American born children in California’s central valley.  Each story makes the reader feel like they are embedded in a particularly family- the tension between the American born children and their parents who escaped the genocide sets the backdrop to many, but the stories touch more broadly on trying to find one's path as an adult, how to define success, how to find love in both queer and heterosexual relationships. Anthony Veasna So died of a drug overdose before the book was published in 2021, so the brilliance of his work is bittersweet.

— Amy

August 2021 Indie Next List

“These stories of the members of a compact Cambodian-American community, from the refugees to the business owners to the gay teenagers, seamlessly balance humor with hardships.”
— Sofia Silva Wright, Phoenix Books Burlington, Burlington, VT


A Roxane Gay's Audacious Book Club Pick

Named a Best Book of Summer by: Wall Street Journal * Thrillist * Vogue * Lit Hub * Refinery29 * New York Observer * The Daily Beast * Time * BuzzFeed * Entertainment Weekly

A vibrant story collection about Cambodian-American life--immersive and comic, yet unsparing--that offers profound insight into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities

Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family.

A high school badminton coach and failing grocery store owner tries to relive his glory days by beating a rising star teenage player. Two drunken brothers attend a wedding afterparty and hatch a plan to expose their shady uncle's snubbing of the bride and groom. A queer love affair sparks between an older tech entrepreneur trying to launch a safe space app and a disillusioned young teacher obsessed with Moby-Dick. And in the sweeping final story, a nine-year-old child learns that his mother survived a racist school shooter.

The stories in Afterparties, powered by So's skill with the telling detail, are like beams of wry, affectionate light, falling from different directions on a complicated, struggling, beloved American community (George Saunders).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665100403
ISBN-10: 1665100400
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2021
Language: English