These Foolish Things (Chapbook)
by Yeo Wei Wei
"These Foolish Things", the short story in this chapbook, is the title story of Yeo Wei Wei's debut collection. The full collection of stories will be published later this 2015.
In her collection of stories, secret hopes, desires and regrets are revealed through obsessions and events that collide and merge with everyday life. A wife returns home as a stowaway spirit in an umbrella to find that her husband has remarried... An old woman in a nursing home adopts a mynah that sings in English, a language she doesn't understand... An artist remembers the time he was harangued by rambutans, mangoes and other fruits in his studio... In her crystalline prose suffused with a dark sense of humour, these stories offer glimpses of inner worlds that are sharp, strange and haunting.
About the Author
Yeo Wei Wei was born in Singapore. She read English at the University of York before she completed her PhD at University of Cambridge in 2000. Her short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies. Her other publications include essays on art and literature, a children's picture book, translations of Chinese poetry. These Foolish Things is her first collection of short stories. She is currently working on a novel.
"No word is out of place in Yeo Wei Wei's exacting prose. The reader's expectations and positions of empathy are put to the test in ways that both delight and shatter the heart."
– Cyril Wong, author of The Dictator's Eyebrow, Let Me Tell You Something About that Night and Unmarked Treasure
"Yeo Wei Wei weaves a purgatorial web of men and women caught between guilt, loss and unbearable longing. Her stories are intelligent, haunting, carefully composed yet deeply felt."
– Clarissa Oon, arts editor, The Straits Times
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Dimension: 108mm x175mm