Deceit and Other Possibilities

Deceit and Other Possibilities In this powerful debut collection Vanessa Hua gives voice to immigrant families navigating a new America Tied to their ancestral and adopted homelands in ways unimaginable in generations past these

  • Title: Deceit and Other Possibilities
  • Author: VanessaHua
  • ISBN: 9780997199628
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this powerful debut collection, Vanessa Hua gives voice to immigrant families navigating a new America Tied to their ancestral and adopted homelands in ways unimaginable in generations past, these memorable characters straddle both worlds but belong to none.From a Hong Kong movie idol fleeing a sex scandal, to an obedient daughter turned Stanford imposter, to a ChinatoIn this powerful debut collection, Vanessa Hua gives voice to immigrant families navigating a new America Tied to their ancestral and adopted homelands in ways unimaginable in generations past, these memorable characters straddle both worlds but belong to none.From a Hong Kong movie idol fleeing a sex scandal, to an obedient daughter turned Stanford imposter, to a Chinatown elder summoned to his village, to a Korean American pastor with a secret agenda, the characters in these ten stories vividly illustrate the conflict between self and society, tradition and change In What We Have is What We Need, winner of The Atlantic student fiction prize, a boy from Mexico reunites with his parents in San Francisco When he suspects his mother has found love elsewhere, he fights to keep his family together.With insight and wit, she writes about what wounds us and what we must survive Her searing stories explore the clash of cultures and the complex, always shifting allegiances that we carry in ourselves, our family, and our community DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES marks the emergence of a remarkable new writer.

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    1. Closer to 4.5 stars.One of the best short story collections I've read this year.As the title may suggest, the common thread in all of these stories is deception. Let me tell you, this makes for fascinating storytelling and tension. Some of the characters deceive themselves while others outwardly and egregiously deceive others with potentially disastrous consequences. Another common thread is the characters themselves! A few characters make an appearance in other stories, which is always a plus i [...]

    2. An enjoyable collection of short stories. While the underlying theme is deception, the stories cover a wide spectrum of topics including infidelity, 'coming out of the closet', charity and even a desire for kids. Hua manages to maintain a palpable sense of tension throughout. The first story is obviously based on the real-life sex photo scandal of Hong Kong celebrity Edison Chen.One thing I noticed, the writing seemed to get stronger as the stories progressed. It seemed to me, as I was reading, [...]

    3. There’s an intense energy to the stories in Vanessa Hua’s DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES (love the dissonance of the title) that mirrors the fraught, sometimes frenzied lives of its struggling Asian, immigrant characters.The persistent depiction of excess in the settings (including San Francisco, my home town) and action within this collection parallels men and women at low points in their lives who are driven to extremes because of their sense of not having enough—of belonging, identity, [...]

    4. I don't often read short stories (am more of a novel and essay junkie), but I was deeply drawn to the characters and narratives in this collection. Hua is a talented writer whose insights into immigrant and identity politics build stories that resonate well beyond the page -- I'm now counting down the days until her novels are published! These stories speak with intimacy about the shared human experience of feeling like an outsider, of young love, of spiritual quest. All of the characters, like [...]

    5. First, two things: (1) this is the MOST diverse book I've ever read (yay!) and (2) I cannot wait until her novel is available.I was relieved and refreshed by this book, especially during this awful time of Chump America.This collection of short stories is creative, each story distinct and satisfying. My only complaint is that short stories end too soon.I almost forgot that I was reading letters and words. I felt as if I were dropped into the stories. And there were many "killing me softly" momen [...]

    6. There came a moment during my reading of these stories that the "Chinese-American" overlay of the stories faded away and I started experiencing an immersion in the narrative that occurs when you start identifying with the characters. This kind of writing is not easy to do, but when done well, as it is here, seems so beguilingly seductive. The characters in these stories are almost all looking for something. It is not identity so much as belonging. They look for belonging in God, in nature, in st [...]

    7. I enjoy short stories but haven't read an entire collection in several years, so I approached "Deceit" warily, expecting to pick it up and read a story here and there over the course of a couple of months or even a year. Happy to report that any lingering skepticism had entirely vanished within the opening pages. I read the whole collection within a week. It's a different sort of pleasure than reading a novel: one experiences the pang of loss upon reaching the end of a satsifying story while fee [...]

    8. Every story in this collection is worth poring over, from its chosen setting--an airplane; a village in Africa; a campground--to its characters. Hua genuinely understands the need for every word to count. She explores the conceit of immigrant life from varied angles in this book, and never disappoints. Pick this one up. You won't be sorry. I read one or two each night before I went to bed and found myself looking at people in different ways each following day.

    9. All the stories were subtly dark, and all the characters seemed to be struggling with some sort of embarrassment.

    10. This gem of a short story collection was so beautifully conceived and written. I loved how how the characters were often people or types you might have read about in news stories, such as the Asian-American who finds stardom in Asia, the everyday person whose poor judgment embroils them in a shooting, the girl who feigned an acceptance at Stanford and spent a quarter there faking it. Hua humanizes them, helps you understand how and why they make the decisions they do. The writing was spare, with [...]

    11. Five stars for the title alone. Five stars retained for the subversively funny, compassionate-yet-unflinching stories of outsiders, people who want, people who don’t get what they want, people who flee from, people who flee to, people who are wholly recognized and by Hua as people, which should not be as radical as it somehow feels.

    12. vanessa hua's debut short story collection is an amalgam of bay area lives that touch but never once blur. her character's run a gamut between the super celuloid sex scandals of a Hong Kong reality star, a half closetted, half-Chinese-San-Francisco queer couple, a teenaged Mexican Dreamer in the Castro watching his mother choose tradition and loyalty over other possibilities, and Chinese software engineers between Visas roughing it in the redwoods, and that's just a few of Deceit's highly compel [...]

    13. Hua's stories, portraying the lives of first- and second-generation Americans, are full of vivid images, heartbreaking dilemmas, and truly poetic language.From a young boy who sees his immigrant family fracturing under the weight of disappointed dreams; to a pastor whose lies are endangering not only his church, but the African village he is on a mission to help—these characters do not cease to captivate.

    14. Laughed often reading "Loaves and Fishes," got teary-eyed from "What We Have Is What We Need," and felt goosebumps at the end of "Harte Lake." This engrossing and wise story collections is one of my new favorites, joining Lysley Tenorio's Monstress and Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies on my list of must-reads.

    15. I stared at the cover of Deceit and Other Possibilities for weeks before having a quiet stretch to dip in. The title was a riddle, almost an oxymoron. The mirror images of cranes was starkly beautiful and slightly creepy. What I found behind the cover was equally intriguing. There was the novelty of the characters. I was meeting such people, it seemed, for the first time in fiction. These mostly Asian-American protagonists explore the “American” side of that equation. Many have immigrant par [...]

    16. A fantastic book of short focusing on the immigrant and/or first gen experience, specifically most stories focus on the experience of East Asians. That's an important undercurrent in all the stories. They're stories that focus on people making poor choices and having to deal with the consequences or about to see the consequences coming. The characters in each story have unique voices and stand apart from each other - this isn't something you always see in a short story collection by the same aut [...]

    17. See the original post here: gamingforjustice/2017/01/I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.This short story collection is like no other I have read in the past year. Vanessa Hua presents ten stories all involving the theme of deceit, lies, or hiding the truth. All ten stories center around immigrant families in the United States. While the theme remains the same throughout the stories, the manifestation of the theme changes drastically depending on the c [...]

    18. This book talks about immigration. This book has ten small stories that come together to tell one. Each one of them talking about how they must all survive, they tell each other everyday that we can do anything if we put our minds to it. Just like the title says there is always possibilities. This book would be great for children because it could show them what they go through everyday just to live in this country.

    19. This book was quick. It is short, and full of short stories, so I made my way through in just a few days. But also, the stories were fast-paced and brash, with characters weaseling their way here and there. The title is not abstract; every story is centered around deceit and other possibilities. Riveting.

    20. By turns humorous and profound, Hua's "Deceit and Other Possibilities" takes us into a world of immigrants that won't let us go. I strongly recommend this book!

    21. Tight little gems, every single story. The ESL teacher in me particularly loved “What We Have is What We Need.”

    22. A soft spoken short stories that tells the tales of Asian America, children of immigrants, and the life of people who are the "Asian" pressure. Line Please 3Loaves and Fishes 3.5What We Have Is What We Need 3For What They Shared 3.75The Responsibility of Deceit 4Accepted 3.5The Shot 2.75The Older the Ginger 3Harte Lake 3The Deal 3I recommend reading this story if you want to bond, experience and learn what it means to be Asian, an immigrant, and what it means to the community. I adored Hua writi [...]

    23. From an 11-year old Mexican boy to an aging Chinese elder to a first year college student, these stories throw light on the shadow sides of California characters struggling with the complexity and doubt that deceit unleashes in their lives. Hua's facility with an astonishing diversity of characters, portrayed loyally and sympathetically, speaks to her background as a keenly observant reporter. Each story gives the reader a glimpse into another cultural context, belief system, or dysfunctional fa [...]

    24. This is a fantastic collection, diverse but thematically whole, way more than the sum of its parts. In examining the experience of first-generation Chinese Americans, who are stuck at the intersection of their heritage and the demands of their present, Hua shines surprising spotlights at the fissures of the quotidian. While that might sound shoe-gazing, these stories are very propulsive and often quite suspenseful. Hua applies just the right amount of pressure to launch both the characters and r [...]

    25. Deceit and Other Possibilites is an engaging and heart-wrenching collection of stories that provide a glimpse of life as an immigrant in America today. Covering a wide range of characters found in difficult situations across the globe, Hua's attention to detail and love for her characters make it easy for the reader to become immersed in the stories as they unfold. I am looking forward to reading more of Vanessa Hua's work.

    26. This collection hooked me from the first pages and had me reeling until the very end. As brief as the stories are, they delve into the minds and lives of a range of complicated and fully realized characters who reveal themselves more fully up until the last word of each story. The plots will keep the pages turning, and the souls on display will tether your heart to this book. I'm sure there's more fascinating fiction to come from this brilliant voice.

    27. Ten stunning stories of immigrants and new worlds. Hua somehow retells similar stories of strangers in strange lands, but makes it thrilling and entirely new each time. From sex to Stanford, these are clear-eyed takes on ambition, dreams, desire and, yes, deceit. An awesome debut collection. I was done too soon. Looking very forward to more.

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