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Afterparties
Afterparties: Stories | Anthony Veasna So
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A vibrant story collection about Cambodian-American lifeimmersive and comic, yet unsparingthat 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 uncles 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 Sos 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).
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LaraReads
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“But for me, your mother, just remember that, for better or worse, we can be described as survivors. Okay? Know that we‘ve always kept on living. What else could we have done?”
Finishing up my #bookspin book & watching the championship game. I liked this one, but I didn‘t love it. It‘s an important read, I just didn‘t fully connect to it. Plus, short stories often aren‘t my thing. Looking forward to more reading now that football is almost over.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
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TracyReadsBooks
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I get why this collection has garnered such rave reviews—it‘s engaging, informative, & illuminates the lives of Cambodian Americans vividly & with obvious affection. None of the stories are bad, some are okay, many are quite good but several stood out & I did have my favorites—‘Three Women of Chuck‘s Donuts‘ & ‘The Shop‘ come to mind. I expect I will reread those in the future. Recommended.

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Hooked_on_books
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Book review, power outage edition! This book was really a mixed bag for me. Some of these stories were absolutely phenomenal, while others were not as good and almost throw-aways, which bogged down the book for me. But man, the good ones are amazing.

squirrelbrain Why a power outage?! Hope you‘re OK. I can get this from the library but I might not bother…. Reviews seem mixed, like yours. 2mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain We had a wild storm come through with lots of wind that blew trees down all over the place. The power‘s been on and off and large chunks of the island have been without power at various times. The bigger problem is we have shade cloth covering our plants and the wind ripped it to shreds. We have a long process of recovery ahead. 😕 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry to hear that Holly. Sounds like you have a lot of work to do. 😞 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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I just tried this on audio but had the bail after only a few minutes. The narrator pronounced ‘the‘ as ‘vuh‘ and the word ‘booth‘ (as in a cafeteria booth) as ‘boof‘. I couldn‘t cope!

I hadn‘t checked my actual real-life library for any #ToB books, only Libby and Scribd, and it seems they have a few. This is one of them although it‘s on loan for the next few weeks, but at least I can read a hard copy and pronounce words properly in my head! 🤣

Cinfhen This was an Audible deal yesterday, and I had to pass after listening to a sample. I believe it‘s read by the author but his accent was difficult to understand 😥 I‘m sure it‘s great in print!! I‘m NOT a fan of short stories so this will probably be a pass for me if it makes the shortlist (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain I checked my Audible too @Cinfhen, in case it was a different narrator, but it‘s the same. (It‘s not the author - it‘s someone called Jason Sean) 2mo
Cinfhen I see that now. 😉 2mo
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BarbaraBB I want to read this because of its cover and @Megabooks review long ago. But I‘ll maken sure not to read it in audio! 2mo
Megabooks It is a good book, and @Cinfhen about half are interwoven, I know you like those better. @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I generally prefer to read short stories in print, so I‘m glad this was a #botm choice! Sorry the audio was 💩 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, that does change things @Megabooks 2mo
julesG Makes my ears bleed just reading about it. 2mo
Ruthiella Will definitely read in print then! 2mo
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain did you erase??? 2mo
squirrelbrain @Crazeedi no I haven‘t touched it, although maybe Jules has seen it too as she‘s an hour earlier than me so may have seen it. 2mo
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain a new one up, and cant find the other, so she must have 2mo
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain thank you Helen. I'm so stupid. I never fail to screw up my month!! 2mo
squirrelbrain No worries @Crazeedi - at least it‘s sorted now! 😘 I only noticed as Caroline is a good friend of mine! 😁 (edited) 2mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Looking through the NYT list of 100 Notable Books, I realized I had more than one on my shelves. Picked the tagged book to read first.

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Chelsea.Poole
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One strange thing about me (of mannyyyy 😆) is I don‘t enjoy short story collections but I do love a collection of essays. I think of them as very different but when listening to this book I often found myself getting into the groove as if this was a collection of autobiographical details of an individual‘s (Veasna So) life as if it WERE a collection of essays. All of this to say that I enjoyed this debut which has a great sense of place. #ToB22

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Pinta
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Exuberant, driving short stories set in Cambodian American communities in Cali. A voice that‘s both so big & performative & funny AND vulnerable & grief-stricken. Generational trauma, drug abuse, bankruptcy, domestic violence, genocide AND queer joy, badminton, Mariah Carey, reincarnation. Some truly beautiful observations from 2nd gen American on Cambodian history & family grief. Urgency of voice, a voice I wish we could have heard more of. 2021

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ReadingEnvy
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Here is my first read from the Tournament of Books 2022 long list!

Afterparties is very strong in voice, stories flitting between Cambodian American characters in Stockton, CA. A lot about family, identity, sexuality, and generational difference (one coming from a genocide, one being lazy in the suburbs.) ↘️

BeckyRoy I have this book and am waiting for the perfect time to read it….looks like it might be now:) (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB I love this cover so much. Now that it made it to the ToB longlist I think I must read it! 2mo
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andioop
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I am so heartbroken! But also moved. I loved this so much.

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Bookalong
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4🌟A posthumous debut, AFTERPARTIES is an impressive and moving collection of interconnected stories about the lives of Cambodian Americans. I found Veasna So's writing very singular and affecting. The way he expressed intergenerational trauma especially unspoken traumas was so well done. I havent read any works of fiction that achieved this on the level So did. It's so unfortunate we wont get to read more of his work. #bookreview #bookblogger

SamAnne A talented writer. Would have loved to read his next book. He was just getting started. 4mo
Bookalong @SamAnne me too, so sad. 4mo
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nelehelen
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I loved this amazing short story collection by Anthony Veasna So. Published posthumously, this is a poignant, funny, and beautiful glimpse into the lives of Cambodian Americans.

Full review: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUoBU1lldq4/?utm_medium=copy_link

SamAnne I‘ve read the first two stories. Looking forward to finishing when I can get the book again from the library. 4mo
nelehelen @SamAnne the first story was so good! 4mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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A series of short stories about the Cambodian American experience near the Bay Area. From drunken youths planning on sabotaging a wedding, a working class family who own a doughnut shop, a queer relationship, or the final connection of midwife who survived the Khmer Rouge, each story is an honest and raw insight into a forgotten culture. Sadly, the author passed away before the celebration of his debut which had garnered praise.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So tragic that this author passed away last year. As is evident with this posthumously published collection, he had so much to share. The son of Khmer immigrants who fled their home during the Cambodian genocide, So draws on his experiences growing up Cambodian American in California. The first story was my favorite, but it‘s a pretty well-rounded collection. PS. Some of the sexy time was a bit graphic for my taste, but that‘s subjective.

Leftcoastzen I love the way you phrased it! “ sexy time “👍😁 5mo
Megabooks It is so sad that he died. 5mo
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SamAnne I can‘t wait to read this one! 5mo
britt_brooke @SamAnne Hope you enjoy! 5mo
vivastory I will def be checking this out soon. I was just reading an article on So & he had a Slaughterhouse 5 quote tattoo
https://www.vulture.com/article/anthony-veasna-so-afterparties.html
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britt_brooke @vivastory That‘s so cool. I keep meaning to get a Vonnegut tattoo, yet here I sit with exactly zero tattoos. 😅 5mo
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xicanti
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On pain days, we drink coffee and eat sugary cereal while we read short fiction. And we wish we had a doughnut, because the first story in this collection is set in a doughnut shop and we‘re super suggestible when it comes to food.

CarolynM Hope tomorrow is a no pain day💕 5mo
xicanti @CarolynM thanks! Today was much better. 5mo
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Megabooks
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This short story collection examines Cambodian-American life in California‘s Central Valley. It was hit-or-miss for me. It started off strong with Three Women of Chuck‘s Donuts, and I enjoyed the other looks into Cambo work life in The Shop and Human Development. The linked stories following Maly and her great aunt, Ma Eng, were just okay. Since it‘s a story collection, I‘ll probably reread someday and feel differently! 😂 Mild pick today. #botm

vivastory This is on my TBR. I really like this cover 6mo
Megabooks @vivastory it is a good cover. I hope you enjoy it. 👍🏻 6mo
Cinfhen You know I love interconnected ss collections…. But I‘ll #BorrowNotBuy & probably try audio 6mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen only half are interconnected and then only loosely so, FYI. I am so down for supporting when BOTM gets in short stories. 6mo
Cinfhen Hmmm, that makes it less desirable but a borrow can‘t hurt 6mo
Reggie I almost picked this up today because I had heard the author passed away this past December recently. 6mo
Megabooks @Reggie oh wow. That‘s terrible. I was wondering why there were two names on the copyright page but only one author. (I am totally one of those people who reads every page.) there was no mention of it elsewhere. Now I‘m extra glad I have it. Thanks for the heads up. 6mo
BarbaraBB A mild pick.. that‘s too bad. I have a cover crush I‘d buy it for but now I am doubting again! 6mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it is a pick, and it‘s a memorable book in a good way. I‘m harder on short stories than most readers because I read so many. 🤔 6mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB maybe wait for some more reviews to come in. 6mo
britt_brooke Started this this morning. Loved the first story. We‘ll see how the rest go! 5mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke the first story and the shop were my favorites! Interested to see what yours are! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m halfway through this now and enjoying it. It won‘t be in my favorites but I‘m not mad at it. And I was shocked to see in the author bio that he died prior to publication. How awful! 5mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I 💯 agree with everything you wrote. Now that BOTM will let you rate any book, I went through and did all the ones I‘ve read on my main account!! My phone started to overheat. Seriously. My 💜 is 80ish 😀 is 60ish and my 👎🏻 is 50ish. I guess like/love about 70-75% so that‘s as good as any other book buying method! 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Reviewsbylola So far I‘ve got 110 rated. Only 10 were ☹️. I am such a softie! I‘ve got 53 ♥️ and 47 🙂 5mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Today‘s book mail…

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Reviewsbylola
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Eh, not thrilled with the August picks. I decided to take a chance on Damnation Spring and Afterparties is my free birthday month add on. 😊 And both covers are 👌 #botm