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How to Pronounce Knife

Winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Souvankham Thammavongsa



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04 August 2020
WINNER OF THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE 'Spellbinding' i 'Breathtaking' Elle 'Powerhouses of feeling and depth' Mary Gaitskill 'Sharp and vital' Daisy Johnson An ex-boxer turned nail salon worker falls for a pair of immaculate hands; a mother and daughter harvest earthworms in the middle of the night; a country music-obsessed housewife abandons her family for fantasy; and a young girl's love for her father transcends language. In this stunning debut, Souvankham Thammavongsa captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city, illuminating hopes, disappointments, love affairs, and above all, the pursuit of a place to belong
By:   Souvankham Thammavongsa
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   322g
ISBN:   9781526610430
ISBN 10:   1526610434
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   04 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand in 1978 and was raised and educated in Toronto. She is an award-winning author of four poetry books. Her stories have won an O. Henry Prize, been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and have appeared in Granta, Harper's and the Paris Review among other publications. How to Pronounce Knife is her debut short story collection. souvankham-thammavongsa.com

Reviews for How to Pronounce Knife: Winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

These poignant and deceptively quiet stories are powerhouses of feeling and depth; How to Pronounce Knife is an artful blend of simplicity and sophistication -- Mary Gaitskill I love these stories. There's some fierce and steady activity in all of the sentences - something that makes them live, and makes them shift a little in meaning when you look at them again and they look back at you (or look beyond you) -- Helen Oyeyemi Souvankham Thammavongsa writes with deep precision, wide-open spaces, and quiet, cool, emotionally devastating poise. There is not a moment off in these affecting stories -- Sheila Heti A masterful collection, written with so much veracity, you'll swear every word is true ... Here is life, rendered with precision and insight. Instantly recognizable. She offers sharp sensory details, piercing imagery, endings that will punch you in the gut and leave you yearning for more -- Sharon Bala, author The Boat People This is a book full of powerful resilience, great journeys, and above all else: fierce, heart-wrenching love -- Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters How to Pronounce Knife is a book of unusual ferocity and grace. Souvankham Thammavongsa carefully unpacks the aches and aspirations of immigrant and refugee life in tight, commanding prose; and these subtle yet shattering stories glow with empathy, humor, and wisdom -- Mia Alvar, author of <i>In the Country</i>

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