Things to Make and Break
by May-Lan Tan
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD ‘Quite dazzling.’ TLS
‘Plenty of darkness and a sprinkling of magic’ Guardian
Shadows, doubles, and the ghosts of past and future lovers haunt these elegantly structured and often hallucinatory stories. The language is hypnotic, deadpan, intense; the sentences jewel-hard and sublime. Things to Make and Break is the work of a stylish, exuberant new voice in modern fiction.
A motorcycle courier finds a cache of nude photos in her boyfriend’s desk. The daughter of East German emigrants encounters her doppelgänger, who has crossed another cultural divide. Twin brothers fall for the same girl. When a stripper receives an enigmatic proposal from a client, she accepts, ignorant of its terms.
‘Mind-blowingly good’ PANK ‘A visceral collection ‘ AnOther Magazine
A visceral collection ... There's an irresistible tautness to Tan's writing style, and she looks at her characters with such clear-eyed sensitivity that, as a reader, you can barely tear your eyes away.