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  • Edition: First edition

    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.

    • How to pronounce knife
    • Paris
    • Slingshot
    • Randy Travis
    • Mani pedi
    • Chick-a-chee!
    • The universe would be so cruel
    • Edge of the world
    • The school bus driver
    • You are so embarassing
    • Ewwrrkk
    • The gas station
    • A far distant thing
    • Picking worms.
    Original Publisher: New York, Little, Brown and Company
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9780316422130, 0316422134
    Collection(s)/Series: Scotiabank Giller Prize 2020