Books: Between Reality and Magical Realism

there was ever literary proof evidencing that the need for love and validation
drives all human actions, then Peter Tieryas Liu’s haunting collection of short
stories would provide it.

Watering Heaven, Liu’s book of existential exploration, the reader is
introduced to a cast of misfit protagonists in a series of stories that are
part folklore, part modern criticism, and all-over absurd.

that the first of the 20 stories, “Chronology of an Egg,” involves a woman who
lays an egg every time she has sex, it’s safe to say that Liu’s stories are a
bit unconventional.

this element of magical realism and slightly off-kilter storytelling is hardly
unwelcome. In fact, part of the reason why Liu’s stories are

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