Want to be in a book club, but always run out of time to read the book? Short Story Happy Hour is for you. Because honestly? You can probably do the reading on the Metro to Eastern Market the day of the meeting. Join us for a short discussion of contemporary short fiction -- just one story a month. We'll have a drink, and maybe you'll discover a new favorite author.
At our February meeting, we'll be discussing a story from Ho Lin's China Girl-- and the author will join us to read aloud from his collection.
A modern woman adrift in modern China. Would-be lovers connected and separated by random chance. A drunken dissident and his less-then-happy minder. A researcher of war atrocities who must come to grips with her own family tragedies. A princess of a kingdom that no longer exists. Actors placed at the service of comedies and tragedies, depending on a filmmaker’s whim… These are the characters that populate Ho Lin’s short story collection China Girl.
In its nine tales, China Girl documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found. The stories in this collection encompass everything from contemporary vignettes about urban life to fable-like musings on memories and the art of storytelling. Wide-ranging and playful, China Girl is a journey into today’s Asia as well as an Asia of the imagination.
Ho Lin is an author, musician and filmmaker, and the co-editor of the literary journal Caveat Lector.He currently resides in San Francisco.