A social realist exploration from Thailand’s preeminent contemporary woman writer.
Publication Date: 04-16-2019
Translated by Mui Poopoksakul
In thirteen stories that investigate ordinary and working-class Thailand, characters aspire for more but remain suspended in routine. They bide their time, waiting for an extraordinary event to end their stasis. A politician’s wife imagines her life had her husband’s accident been fatal, a man on death row requests that a friend clear up a misunderstanding with a prostitute, and an elevator attendant feels himself wasting away while trapped, immobile, at his station all day.
With curious wit, this collection offers revelatory insight and subtle critique, exploring class, gender, and disenchantment in a changing country.
“Duanwad Pimwana has a knack for finding the gap between who we are and who we’d like to be, and deftly inserting her scalpel there. Across the villages and cities of Thailand, her characters exist in a state of constant anxiety, unable to fit in but having nowhere else to go. Mui Poopoksakul’s highly effective translation navigates the slippery contours of Pimwana’s writing to capture a distinctly Southeast Asian sensibility.” —Jeremy Tiang, author of State of Emergency