Pik-Shuen Fung with T. Kira Madden
In her spare, beautiful debut, Ghost Forest (One World), Pik-Shuen Fung, writing in vignette form, explores the geography of loss and longing, loss amplified by family movement, distance, and change of language. Set between Hong Kong and Vancouver, a young woman and her sister, along with their mother, witness the approaching death of their father/husband, who has stayed to work in Hong Kong after the others have moved to Vancouver, prior to Hong Kong’s return to Chinese control in 1997.
“Like a Chinese ink painting, every line in Pik-Shuen Fung’s Ghost Forest is full of movement and spirit, revealing the resilient threads of matrilineal history and the inheritance of stories and silences. With humor, compassion, and clear-eyed prose, Fung reminds us that grief, memory, and history are never linear but always alive. Fung writes about the questions we forget to ask, the stories that are hidden from us, and the complex acts of care at the core of family. She reminds us that what is unspoken is never lost. Ghost Forest is an intimate act of recording and reckoning. It trusts us to listen. It shows us all the languages for love.”—K-Ming Chang.
“Ghost Forest is a debut certain to turn your heart. With a dexterity and style all her own, Pik-Shuen Fung renders the many voices that make up a family, as well as the mythologies we create for those we know, and those we wish we knew better. I am madly in love with this book, a kaleidoscopic wonder.”—T Kira Madden.
This same T. Kira Madden, writer of excellent essays and author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, will be joining Pik-Shuen Fung in conversation for this program.