Snow and Shadow

Dorothy Tse

Hong Kong University Press

Snow and Shadow

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Pub Date: June 2014

ISBN: 9789881604606

212 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $18.00£14.95

Snow and Shadow

Dorothy Tse

Hong Kong University Press

Dorothy Tse's stories sometimes start in a vein of innocent realism, but she invariably brings us up short with an abrupt twist: dreamscapes descend and the pages become populated with ever weirder characters. Not only do strange things happen, they are juxtaposed in ways that confound all logical expectations. This collection of 13 short stories is not for the faint-hearted—violent and sensual elements abound and limbs, even heads, are lopped off with alarming regularity. Yet scenes are sometimes so outrageous that they make us laugh, and Dorothy's bold thematic and narrative experiments yield results that are alternately beguiling and deeply disturbing.
Snow and Shadow challenges the boundaries and limitations of our narrow, conventional realities and forces us to re-examine our perspective of the world. It is a book that requires bravery and an open mind. But, armed with these tools, many will find that this enchanting collection of transformative tales will, like a shadow, follow them long after the final page. Amy Russell, South China Morning Post
A threat or unbelievable angst is always hiding. Acid Free Pulp
Uncomfortable, weird and disturbing…thought-provoking. Peter Gordon, Asian Review of Books
The stories within Snow and Shadow build on each other with every new page. They are blunt, stark, and nightmarish, and this is what makes them all so exquisite... Through [Nicky] Harman, Dorothy Tse's collection manifests an individual voice in a world overflowing with the unexpected. Monkey Bicycle
This is a book that is hard to put down… Reading Snow and Shadow is akin to being lost in a snowstorm: dizzying, terrifying, but nevertheless thrilling. Words Without Borders
Captivating, original, and intriguing.... In Snow and Shadow, Tse opens a door for the reader to experience worlds she doesn't know, but the emotions Tse elicits are familiar. Each story raises provocative questions. Many short story collections can dazzle and amuse, but it is the mark of a quality collection that it also makes one think. Monica Carter, Three Percent
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About the Author

Dorothy Tse is at the forefront of a talented new generation of writers who are exploring issues of identity from the unique vantage point of Hong Kong. She is the founding editor of the literary magazine Fleurs des Lettres and the winner of several major literary awards. Snow and Shadow is the first collection of her stories to be translated into English.