Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Ten intimate stories about love and loss

Mimi Lok is the author of the story collection Last Of Her Name, published October 2019 by Kaya Press. Last Of Her Name was recently longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Lok is the recipient of a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award and an Ylvisaker Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize and the Susan Atefat Arts and Letters Prize for nonfiction.

At Electric Lit she tagged ten intimate stories about love and loss, including:
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

An emotionally vivid tale of diasporic mothers and daughters, generational trauma, and female resilience. There are many excellently drawn characters and heartbreaking moments throughout, but it’s the evolution of Tante Atie—the aunt who lovingly raises narrator Sophie in her native Haiti before having to release her to her mother in New York—that left the most indelible mark on me.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue