November 29, 2021 8:15 AM EST

The late Anthony Veasna So’s celebrity was rising in the literary community when he died unexpectedly less than a year before the release of his highly anticipated debut short story collection. The tragedy made the release bittersweet: It’s hard to read such a stunning collection of stories and not think about what else So could have done with his rare genius. But at least we have his fearless, generous, intimate, blade-sharp and often funny tales of family, queerness, addiction and Cambodian American identity.

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