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The Gourmet Club

by Johanna Massé

Obsession. Sado-masochism. Decadence. The Japan of Tanizaki’s world is a montage of opium dens and secrets. This sextet of short stories ranges from children at play and torture, to Buddhist acolytes contemplating the forbidden world... Read More

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Song of the Cicadas

by Johanna Massé

Vietnam is not a pretty place to be, according to this talented writer, who emigrated to America at a young age after the fall of Saigon. She finds that the United States has its share of problems as well. From the banks of the Red River... Read More

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The Women on the Island

by Johanna Massé

Tens of thousands of Vietnamese women were involved in the dregs of the Vietnam War—burying the dead, defusing bombs, monitoring the Ho Chi Minh Trail—both in the North and the South. They suffered as much as the men, but were left... Read More

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Phoenix Eyes

by Johanna Massé

Exploding traditional stereotypes, the Chinese Americans in Leong’s collection of short stories rarely see the inside of a university, let alone become computer geniuses. In the fourteen stories contained in Phoenix Eyes, Leong... Read More

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