Paul Yoon, "So That They Do Not Hear Us"

Concerning the friendship between the sea woman and the one-armed boy.

(from Small Spiral Notebook, vol. III, issue 1)

Yoon’s vocabulary is casually perfect, subtly sharp. Sometimes writing is so beautiful it distracts from the piece’s overall goals, overtakes the plots, deifies the characters and goings on. I wouldn’t be sureprised if this author is aware of that affliction, because this story wisely sidesteps it, walks along its edge. The complex relationship between the boy and the woman is told warmly and smartly. Makes you feel alright about everything.
Check out Small Spiral Notebook. Check out Cheju Island (Chejudo) where this story is set.

Kimya Dawson, “Caving In”

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