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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Setting Fire to Water

by (author) Phoebe Tsang

Thistledown Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Short Stories (single author)
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    Publish Date
    May 2022
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Shifting restlessly from dark to light and back again, written in lithe, precise prose, the stories in Phoebe Tsang’s Setting Fire to Water illuminate the lives of those who exist inside otherness. A young Asian woman, an artistic over-achiever turned drifter, endures a mind-bending night of reckoning as she struggles to find her way "home," careening between flirtation and thievery, dream and memory. A reality TV star obsesses about the real stain that blemishes the set of her fake, made-for-TV life. A modern fairytale is told from the point of view of a fox having an argument with its enemy, hunger. A heart-broken accountant goes on a pilgrimage to India to get his fire back, and his attempt to ask for mercy from the most holy of rivers fizzles like his former fiancée’s tepid devotion. These seventeen stories unfold outside the Canadian mainstream, where longing—for home, for love, for artistic achievement, for spiritual fulfillment—is a given, and acceptance—of self, of the knowability of others, of the limits to knowing—is always in question. Using unconventional storylines and slippages in time and space, these stories explore the mystical possibilities inherent in contemporary life.

About the author

Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, grew up inEngland, and has been resident in Toronto, Canada since 1998. She is the authorof two chapbooks, Solitaires (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2006) and ToKiss the Ground (Press On! 2007). Phoebeâ??s upcoming publicationsinclude poems in the anthology Not A Muse (Haven Books, Hong Kong), andjournals BRAND (UK), On Spec and Room (Canada). Her poemshave appeared in the anthology Garden Variety (Quattro Books, Canada)and the annual paperback magazine Atlas02 (Aark Arts, UK &Crossword, India). Phoebeâ??s mentors have been Robert Priest and AllanBriesmaster. A professional violinist, she also holds a BSc inArchitecture from University College London (UK).


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