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A wide variation,
This review is from: The Boat (Paperback)
This collection of short stories won't bore you. They are all very different when it comes to setting and characters. Reading the first story sort of explains it all though. You get a feeling that the main character in the first story is the writer himself - who's got a Vietnamese origin - and he's being told that he should write about his past, about what he knows about his people. Which he does in the last story. In between he takes us to Tehran, Hiroshima and South America.
My favourite stories are "Elise" (relationship between father and daughter) and "Tehran calling" (relationship between two old female friends).
Lee is good at describing every day life even if this every day life is set in extreme circumstances. It's still the people I care about, even if I'd like to know more about them. Some of the endings leave me wondering too much.