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Publisher's Summary

Instant New York Times Best Seller

A Roxane Gay's Audacious Book Club Pick!

Named a Best Book of the Year by: New York Times * NPR * Washington Post * LA Times * Kirkus Reviews * New York Public Library * Chicago Public Library * Harper’s Bazaar * Time

A vibrant story collection about Cambodian-American life — immersive and comic, yet unsparing — that offers profound insight into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities

Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family.

A high school badminton coach and failing grocery store owner tries to relive his glory days by beating a rising star teenage player. Two drunken brothers attend a wedding afterparty and hatch a plan to expose their shady uncle’s snubbing of the bride and groom. A queer love affair sparks between an older tech entrepreneur trying to launch a “safe space” app and a disillusioned young teacher obsessed with Moby-Dick. And in the sweeping final story, a nine-year-old child learns that his mother survived a racist school shooter.

The stories in Afterparties, “powered by So’s skill with the telling detail, are like beams of wry, affectionate light, falling from different directions on a complicated, struggling, beloved American community” (George Saunders).

©2021 Anthony Veasna So (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good stories bad reader

The stories are important , meaningful and sometimes funny.
the reading was primitive and irritating to listen to. the reader subtracted from the overall experience. if you want to listen to this book wait for another reader.

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Good Stories

I like the short stories. It felt like a friend sharing their life experiences or stories that they heard from their own community.

I had a hard time listening to this story with the narrator. Pacing , rhythm, and enunciation was not great.

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Not a good narration, okay story.

Narration is quite bad, the reader is just not a good reader. I had to re-listen a lot of times to figure out what was being said. I’ve listened to a lot of audio books, and this is the first one where I wanted to slow down the speed.