What if …
In these twenty short stories, ranging in length up to thirty-two pages, Ms Tan takes us on journeys where smart ovens can help lonely people (at least for a while) and where a homeless man makes his mark with a ballpoint pen.
These are quirky stories, often darkly disturbing. Clever, compact, and compelling.
My favourite was ‘Pang & Co. Genuine Scribe Era Stationery Pty Ltd.’ I am not sure why, except that I wanted to enter the pages to talk to the homeless man.
I liked the cleverness of ‘Smart Ovens for Lonely People’, and the quirkiness of the worlds Ms Tan creates (albeit briefly) for her characters to inhabit.
Who would not want a cat shaped smart oven?
If you enjoy unusual short stories, then I can recommend this collection.