Love, or Something Like Love

I have a review of O Thiam Chin’s Love, or Something Like Love in the latest issue of QLRS.

It runs its hands over death, cruelty, madness, grief; and while its touch is generally a smooth one, and in places sensitive, I came away feeling that too often the stories had held something back, or moved at too approximate a level, only ruffling the surfaces of their intended themes… The most successful parts of the collection step back a little from attempts at life-and-death grandeur to tell more domestic but stronger, more complete, stories.

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