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Review of 'Many Daughters of Afong Moy' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Thanks to Atria Publishing & Netgalley for the ARC!

The premise of this book really intrigued me as I haven't seen a whole lot of fiction novels that delve into the topic of epigenetics. However, this novel fell short for me. For a book that was supposed to be about how trauma connects generations of family members, they all felt very disconnected and their stories, disjointed. I would have liked to know more about how the treatment worked from Dorothy's POV. We got each woman's story in chapter form, sure, but how did that work for Dorothy? When she did her treatment, did she live the lives of these women or view it on the outskirts? Did she just enter a deep sleep and wake up, seeing the hallucinations of the characters in her ancestors' lives and ~feeling~ their feelings? It was just not developed enough for me to enjoy …

Ling Ma: Bliss Montage (2022, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 3 stars

What happens when fantasy tears through the screen of the everyday to wake us up? …

Review of 'Bliss Montage' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Severance is one of my favorite books, so I was very, very excited to receive this ARC! Bliss Montage is a collection of short stories that follows in the same vein as Severance, in that they are dark, sometimes grim, and definitely surreal. I would compare it to the feel of Black Mirror, specifically the episodes that focus on social issues (like the video game lovers or social media one).
Most of the stories were really intriguing. I loved G, Returning, Office Hours, and Tomorrow for how bizarre and sometimes dark they were, and I think that's where her writing shines the most. Peking Duck was another favorite for the double perspective we got about the same scenario, which completely changes how the reader views the mother. Love that kinda thing.
My only complaint with the book was that it felt like the stories ended just a few pages too …