Possibly Related Characters: On Li Zi Shu’s “The Age of Goodbyes”

NOVEMBER 10, 2022 WHEN MALAYSIA GAINED independence from Britain in the mid-20th century, the country was forced to reckon with a long-standing history of racial conflict between the Malay and Chinese caused in part by colonial policies. When a majority-Chinese Democratic Action Party began gaining popularity in May 1969, the Chinese population in Kuala Lumpur … Read more

In Defense of Disaster Main Characters, a guest post by Susan Azim Boyer

In my young adult debut novel, Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win (11.1.22 Wednesday Books), my main character, Jasmine — who’s running for senior class president in a must-win election — tells a little, white lie that snowballs into an avalanche. Time and time again, she makes the wrong decision for what she thinks is the … Read more

The Paris Review – There Are No Minor Characters: On Jane Gardam

JANE GARDAM WITH HER HUSBAND, DAVID, HER SON, TIM, AND FAMILY FRIENDS, 1957. Photograph courtesy of Jane Gardam. You should read Old Filth, someone said to me about ten years ago. I couldn’t for the life of me, in true Gardam fashion, remember who that friend was until just now—it was the writer Nancy Lemann—but … Read more