Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ken Liu's "The Paper Menagerie" (short story, fantasy, free)

This may not be a bad read, provided you have a taste for emotional tearjerkers.

It's the sad story of a Chinese peasant girl - losing her parents to lawlessness during Cultural Revolution, being sold as a slave to a Hong Kong household, being sold as a "wife" to an American man, & finally being rejected by her American son who dislikes his Chinese origins.

Fact sheet.

First published: F&SF, March/April 2011.
Download full text from Random House.
Rating: B.
Nominated for Nebula Award 2011 in short story category.
Related: Stories of Ken Liu.