Hunger: A Novella and Stories by Lan Samantha Chang

These are some very emotional, and raw stories. She is either an excellent writer or she has had quite a tough life, if these stories are drawn from her own lives, or her family's. These kind of immigrant stories are just what I needed to read. It's good to step back from the craziness that is 2020 and think, “things are tough, but it will pass”.

The novel is taken from the novella in this book, titled “Hunger”. It is 'only' a novella, but builds up a painful story about a family under the abusive violinist father. The character is very good at building up the characters in a very short amount of time.

I am rating this 5 stars because this was an unexpected treasure I discovered. I want to celebrate this discovery and hopefully encourage others to pick up this book. There were a few 'ok' stories, but seriously, this book is worth picking up just for the long novella “Hunger”.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #77 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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