"Chum's writing itself is mesmerizing from the jump
with its wit and flow, a stunning prelude to Soma's killer verses. Informative in its depiction of
Cambodian foods and customs (both inherited and often hilariously invented) and with smooth
dialogue, and a friendship for the ages, Chum's debut is absolutely magnetic."
"Debut author Chum offers readers an education in Cambodian history, the Khmer people, and their Lowell community throughout this heartfelt family drama. His cultural respect and humor amplify the book’s strong sense of place."
"In this smart and edgy debut, Chum, per an author’s note, gives Soma space to be 'clumsy, complex, and, yes, contradictory at times,' channeling a protagonist whose uncertainty in the face of her future and the model minority myth feels fresh and radical. Via Soma’s sharp, first-person voice, Chum mixes humorous insights with forthright interrogations of colonialism, immigration, and racism."
-Publishers Weekly Review
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