Drawing on the author's own cross-cultural inheritance, these stories range across a series of settings and backgrounds. From a Chinese son gambling with professional moumers to a mixed-race couple who experience a close encounter with an alien being, Ho Davies' characters share an instantly recognisable sense of displacement - these are children of one century, adults of the next - caught between debts to their parents and what they owe their offspring. Sharply observed and compassionate, Equal Love demonstrates the talent of a truly original writer, whose work has already earned comparison with that of Raymond Carver, James Joyce and V. S. Naipaul.
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(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Publisher: Granta Books
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In this collection of short stories Ho Davies explores whether love can ever be equal in any relationship and he writes from a gamut of perspectives: husband, son, brother, daughter, mother, friend. Ho Davies has lived and worked in the UK and the US and his wealth of experience resonates in his portrayal of cultures and creation of atmospheric settings. He writes convincingly as an Englishman who watches football with his gay brother who is dying of Aids, and equally so as an American junkie mother, trying to regain custody of her son. Although he misses the mark by a fraction with his characterization of a ten-year-old dentist's daughter, his portrayal of the father-daughter relationship rings true. In the title story a middle-aged man contemplates the complications of his relationships with his wife, his best friend, and his best friend's wife and the way their children relate to them all. Ho Davies carefully avoids drawing conclusions; but his many questions are well framed and illustrated. How does the arrival of a child affect the love between parents? How do impending death and mental illness affect love? These characters and the issues they face will make you think about them, and continue to think long - perhaps long after you forgot where you read about them in the first place. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Peter Ho Davies
Peter Ho Davies was born in 1966 to Welsh and Chinese parents grew up in Coventry, studied at Cambridge University and is currently teaching in the US. His prize-winning stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies and his first collection, The Ugliest House in the World, is also published by Granta Books.