How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun

How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun

by Doretta Lau

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Overview

Building on the success of the Journey Prize-shortlisted title story, the stories of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? present an updated and whimsical new take on what it means to be Canadian. Lau alludes to the personal and political histories of a number of young Asian Canadian characters to explain their unique perspectives of the world, artfully fusing pure delusion and abstract perception with heartbreaking reality.

Correspondingly, the book's title refers to an interview with Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, who when asked about the Shanghai Sharks, the team that shaped his formative sporting years, responded, "How does a single blade of grass thank the sun?" Lau's stories feature the children and grandchildren of immigrants, transnational adoptees and multiracial adults who came of age in the 1990s—all struggling to find a place in the Western world and using the only language they know to express their hopes, fears and expectations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889712935
Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Doretta Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia and Bazaar Art Hong Kong. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, Prism
International, RicePaper, SubTerrain
and Zen Monster. She splits her time
between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and a
screenplay.

Table of Contents

God Damn, How Real Is This? 9

Two-Part Invention 16

Days of Being Wild 25

Rerun 38

The Boy Next Door 47

Left and Leaving 57

O, Woe Is Me 66

Little Miss International Goodwill 74

Robot by the River 79

Writing in Light 92

Sad Ghosts 101

How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? 108

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kind of stories that you want to tell your friends about! Young and Hilarious and Weird in the Best way possible!