From one of Hong Kong’s most outstanding young authors comes THE KITE FAMILY, a collection of stories by Hon Lai-chu that pulls us into strange worlds that lie beneath the surface of our own. With an imagination to match Aimee Bender and Haruki Murakami, Hon Lai-chu, who writes in spare, elegant prose, takes us deep into a surrealistic world that is a skewed reflection of our own, at once recognizable and off-kilter.
- “Forrest Woods, Chair” compels us to ask whether it’s possible for us to maintain our humanity in an era of diminishing opportunities, when market forces threaten to dehumanize us all.
- “Spoiled Brains” and “Front Teeth” delve into the commodification of human beings, issues of migration and xenophobia, deformity, family dysfunction and thoughtless cruelty.
- “Notes on an Epidemic” calls to mind the SARS, H5N1, and Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but in this case the contagion becomes an excuse for the authorities—faceless and unaccountable—to engage in social engineering.