A Pornography of Grief

A Pornography of Grief In this affecting harrowing and darkly hilarious debut collection Philip Huang explores the topics that compel us and terrify us sex grief and death The past and the present blur together in ways

  • Title: A Pornography of Grief
  • Author: Philip Huang
  • ISBN: 9789881953490
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this affecting, harrowing, and darkly hilarious debut collection, Philip Huang explores the topics that compel us and terrify us sex, grief, and death The past and the present blur together in ways that only people living at the periphery of reason understand Like a good sad album, this book opens up wounds, probes the sorrows and strange lives of its characters, andIn this affecting, harrowing, and darkly hilarious debut collection, Philip Huang explores the topics that compel us and terrify us sex, grief, and death The past and the present blur together in ways that only people living at the periphery of reason understand Like a good sad album, this book opens up wounds, probes the sorrows and strange lives of its characters, and finds transcendence in unexpected places These are the stories of the walking wounded These are the stories of the ones who have survived This is the beauty, this is the pathology, this is the pornography of grief.

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    1. OK, I'm biased: I'm the publisher. Does this violate some rule or other? In any case, I discovered Philip Huang years ago. His short story "The Chair" (included here) appeared in some anthology or other, and it amazed me with its confidence and erudition. Sometime later, when I edited an issue of the now-departed and much-missed Suspect Thoughts Journal, I made sure to request a story from Philip. And more recently, when I started a publishing company in Hong Kong, he was one of the first autho [...]

    2. Despite the omnipresence of death, this is not a depressing book because Huang is a master at finding the humor in strangeness, and death is nothing if not strange. Each story in this collection transpires in its own claustrophobically small and private world of tragedy, so there's lots of variety. A few of the stories are slightly bogged down by too many characters, abstractions, or complications, but overall its more genius-y than not.

    3. This book had the misfortune to be read following a brilliant novel and a stellar short fiction collection. Maybe if I had read this volume after reading a couple of crappy books I would have liked it more.I always think less is more, when it comes to collections. Twelve strong stories is a better collection that a mixed bag of 18 pieces. The best stories here, such as "Pineola Inn" and "American Widow", are undermined by other short, weak pieces which are more like sketches or undeveloped vigne [...]

    4. I flip-flopped with this one. A good find at a little SF bookstore (I made my partner ask the bookstore owner for recommendation of a contemporary Asian-American writer because I suddenly felt it would be too predictable for me to ask. Then I made him buy it for me so I wasn't discovered—HAHA). Huang's prose was wild, loose and fragmented—which, depending on the story, was refreshing or grating. Still, it carried me through every story, and over the rough, blunt edges of the shorts. I enjoye [...]

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