Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien

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With delicate language and wisdom, Madeleine Thien explores the longing of families pulled apart by conflicts between generations, cultures, and values.Each of these stories captures a deeply personal world in which characters struggle to reconcile family loyalty with individual desires. In "House," a 10-year-old girl longs for the alcoholic mother who left the house one day never to return. In "Dispatch," a woman tries to hold her marriage together even after finding proof that her husband is in love with someone else. In "A Map of the City, " a young woman's troubled relationship with her father overshadows the course she takes in her adult life. Thien's fresh perspective and spare, haunting prose have already won her prizes and the praise of established masters. "Simple Recipes" is the beginning of a luminous writing career.

About Madeleine Thien

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Madeline Thien, 26, is the Canadian born daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants. She holds and MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She live in Vancouver, BC.
Published October 14, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrator of “Four Days from Oregon” recalls her mother’s unhappy marriage, how Tom—her mother’s lover—first entered their lives, and how she used a badminton birdie to hint of the affair to her father.

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The young female narrator of the title story remembers the moment her immigrant family fell apart: when her older, better assimilated brother was savagely beaten by their father after a confrontation between the two.

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