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              Books by Souvankham Thammavongsa

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              How to Pronounce Knife
               

              How to Pronounce Knife (Hardback)

              By Thammavongsa, Souvankham

              • RRP: $42.99
              • $33.53
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              • Pub Date
                4 Aug 20

              In her stunning debut, Souvankham Thammavongsa captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city, illuminating hopes, disappointments, love affairs, and above all, the pursuit of a place to belong. An ex-boxer turned nail salon worker falls for a pair of... immaculate hands; a mother and daughter harvest earthworms in the middle of the night; a country music-obsessed housewife abandons her family for fantasy; and a young girl's love for her father transcends language. Uncannily and intimately observed, written with prose of exceptional precision, the stories in How to Pronounce Knife speak of modern location and dislocation, revealing lives lived in the embrace of isolation and severed history - but not without joy, humour, resilience, and constant wonder at the workings of the world.
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              ISBN 9781526610430
              Released NZ 4 Aug 2020
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              How to Pronounce Knife
               

              How to Pronounce Knife (EPUB ebook)

              By Thammavongsa, Souvankham

              'Sharp and vital' DAISY JOHNSON 'I love these stories' HELEN OYEYEMI 'A riveting, subversive collection' MADELEINE THIEN In her stunning debut, Souvankham Thammavongsa captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city, illuminating hopes, disappointments..., love affairs, and above all, the pursuit of a place to belong. An ex-boxer turned nail salon worker falls for a pair of immaculate hands; a mother and daughter harvest earthworms in the middle of the night; a country music-obsessed housewife abandons her family for fantasy; and a young girl's love for her father transcends language. Uncannily and intimately observed, written with prose of exceptional precision, the stories in How to Pronounce Knife speak of modern location and dislocation, revealing lives lived in the embrace of isolation and severed history - but not without joy, humour, resilience, and constant wonder at the workings of the world.
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              ISBN 9781526610461
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              Language en
              Released NZ 16 Apr 2020
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              How to Pronounce Knife: Stories
               

              How to Pronounce Knife: Stories (Hardback)

              By Thammavongsa, Souvankham

              • RRP: $55.50
              • $55.50
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              A young nail tech at the local salon. A woman plucking feathers at a chicken processing plant. A bus driver who takes other people's kids to school. A mother who works nights alongside her daughter harvesting worms. A housewife learning English from daytime soap operas. In her st...unning debut, O. Henry Prize-winner Souvankham Thammavongsa captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city, illuminating their hopes, disappointments, love affairs, and above all, their pursuit of a place to belong. Charging her spare, unsentimental prose with immense power, Thammavongsa has created a new poetics to honor characters struggling to find their bearings far from home, or shuttling between languages, cultures, and values. Brutal, tender, and totally alive, How to Pronounce Knife confirms Thammavongsa as one of the most striking voices of her generation.
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              ISBN 9780316422130
              Released NZ 21 Apr 2020
              Publisher Little Brown and Company
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              Found
               

              Found (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Thammavongsa, Souvankham

              • RRP: $54.50
              • $54.50
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              In 1978, my parents lived in building #48. Nongkai, Thailand, a Lao refugee camp. My father kept a scrapbook filled with doodles, addresses, postage stamps, maps, measurements.He threw it out and when he did, I took it and found this. - Souvankham ThammavongsaThe poems of Found, ...with their blank spaces and small print, their language so unforgiving in detail that every letter, gesture, break, line and shape becomes for us a place of real meaning, were built out of doodles, diagrams, drawings into a work characterized by the elegance and power of its bareness-- to let us see and to hold back much of what we see.
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              ISBN 9781897141144
              Released NZ 1 May 2007
              Publisher Pedlar Press
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              Small Arguments
               

              Small Arguments (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Thammavongsa, Souvankham; Edited by Follett, Beth

              • RRP: $40.99
              • $40.99
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              Reminiscent of Pablo Neruda's Elemental Odes, Small Arguments is a stunningly original debut by a gifted young poet. The language of Small Arguments is simple yet there is nothing simple in its ideas. The work touches on the structures of argument, orchestrating material around r...epetition, variation and contrast. Thammavongsa's approach is like that of a scientist/philosopher, delicately probing material for meaning and understanding. The poet collects small lives, and argues for a larger belonging: a grain of dirt, a crushed cockroach, the eyes of a dead dragonfly. It is a work that suggests we can create with what we know and with that alone. ]] This is the voice of a pilgrim, the one who bends to see, leans to hear... Thammavongsa has distilled her meaning from her details so masterfully and with such confident wisdom that she seems to be reading nature. Through her eyes, we can believe we see the true meaning in things. - Anne Michaels A formidable work. - George Elliot Clarke
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              ISBN 9780973214055
              Released NZ 4 Dec 2003
              Publisher Pedlar Press
              Interest Age General Audience
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