Discussion of Vanessa Hua’s Deceit and Other Possibilities
October 10, 2017 – 6:30pm
Chris Sterba, Senior Lecturer of American Studies at San Francisco State University, will facilitate the evening’s discussion.
Though we will discuss the book as a whole, Chris has suggested questions about three of Hua’s stories in particular:
--In “Accepted,” high school graduate Elaine Park pretends to attend Stanford even though she was not accepted. How is she able to do this? Why does she go to such an extreme?
--“For What They Shared” pits two women against each other: Lin, a Chinese immigrant, and Aileen, an American-born Chinese, camping beside each other in the redwoods. In what ways are the two women alike, in what ways are they different?
Praise for Deceit and Other Possibilities
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“The men, women and children in Hua’s moving debut often find themselves straddling the volatile fault lines between desire and shame, decorum and rage... She has a deep understanding of the pressure of submerged emotions and polite, face-saving deceptions. The truth comes out, sometimes explosively, sometimes in a quiet act of courage.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“An intriguing collection...each of her protagonists is never quite grounded, caught between multiple cultures and countries. Each hides beneath layers of deceit, clinging to lies that enable survival....Hua is a writer to watch.”
“Hua writes of the immigrant experience today with sophistication and punch…exuberant stories filled with nuance and fresh detail.”
“Exactly what we need to be reading in this country right now, and probably always. If I had to choose one word to describe Hua’s writing style, it would be personable — you actually feel like her narrators are sitting across the sofa from you, popping open the tab of a soda can as they prepare to tell you their story…funny and sad, quick-witted and thought provoking.”
—Bustle, the 26 Best Literary Debuts By Women in the Last 5 Years
“A great writer, subversively funny…characters that don’t look anything like ‘model minorities’….readable and human.”
Unfortunately, all free copies have been retrieved and are, hopefully, getting read! What a terrific community! They can be ordered via LINK+ from the library.
Pick up your free copy of Deceit and Other Possibilities so that you can also participate in this city-wide reading experience, from these participating locations, only while supplies last:
El Cerrito Library - 6510 Stockton Avenue
City Hall - 10890 San Pablo Avenue
Senior Center - 6500 Stockton Avenue
Community Center - 7007 Moeser Lane
Recycling & Environmental Resource Center - 7501 Schmidt Lane
Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar - 6925 Stockton Ave
Friends of the El Cerrito Library
Vanessa Hua, winner of the 2017 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association's Award for Adult Fiction!