While the ghosts of genocide lurk in the heart of many of the characters in Anthony Veasna So’s Afterparties, what comes through in this beautiful collection is the liveliness, humor, love, and tenderness in every character navigating growing up, sex, loss, and family. A wonderful portrait of being a queer child of immigrants, bearing the weight of history, while trying to carve out a new way of life. Each and every story is a joy to read.
Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So, (List Price: 27.99, Ecco, 9780063049901, August 2021)
Reviewed by Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia