Thursday, November 09, 2017
Flying Lessons & Other Stories, ed by Ellen Oh
All of these works are solid, but there are a few that really stood out for me. Matt de la Pena's story of a boy's quest for an understanding of basketball and of his father is poignant and touching (as the topic lends itself towards being) but transcends the usual male-bonding-over-sports theme. For different reasons, I also enjoyed Grace Lin's brief historical fiction about a female Chinese pirate. It's entertaining, yet fits in a nice plug for female literacy along the way. Finally, I give an honorable mention to Tim Tingle's Indian fable for making me laugh and for being the story most imbued with ethnic color.
I wish that we were at a stage where diversity didn't need its own collection. These are good stories that would have enhanced any anthology of short stories.