Astrid observes that intimacy, sensuality, and cultural and linguistic amalgamtion characterise the 11 thematically diverse short stories and essays. "These stories", she adds, "have more in common than the fact that they are written by Taiwanese women. They are short and delicious samples of human curiosity, humor, suffering, politics and love." To read more click here.

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