Giving Alms


Karma has failed us,” my husband whispered into our dark bedroom. With his hand over his mouth, he stopped himself from wailing. What an incredibly loud noise sorrow makes when muffled, a noise that distils the air in your lungs to heavy stones.

Giving Alms gifts us three short stories based on the narratives of the people of Myanmar. Carefully revealing the hidden intricacies of human vulnerability and pain in society, these stories reflect on how a society heals and resolves resentment after years of social and political oppression. Each story takes on different dualities—desire and duty, denial and acceptance, indifference and sympathy—against the harsh landscape of Burmese society.

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About the orbit series

What worlds live beyond ourselves? An open path for all kinds of books of impact, orbit by Ethos Books launches fresh and alternative works that might not meet the conventions of a full-length work in breadth and kind, but whose concerns orbit the heart of being human. Affordable and coming in a handy physical format, books in the orbit series seek to travel. Reads that seem small in size but will knock your socks off in the span of a train ride; orbit is a setting off and a returning home. Books that are tiny portals to meaning—for yourself, and to all around us. 

Giving Alms

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$12.00 SGD



$12.00 SGD


Khin Chan Myae Maung