Things to Make and Break


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$16.95  $15.59
Coffee House Press
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5.5 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

May-Lan Tan studied fine art at Goldsmiths and works as a ghostwriter. Her stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, the Atlas Review, the Reader, and AretΓ©. She lives in Berlin.


ELLE, "The 28 Best Books to Read in Fall 2018"
Library Journal, "Top Short Fiction For Fall"

"A brilliant and daring collection." --The New York Times

"With this provocative debut, Tan proves herself a sharp chronicler of contemporary romance." --Publishers Weekly

"There's plenty of darkness and a sprinkling of magic, and these strange, flinty, cigarette-stained narratives speed by, offering lots of surface tension and compelling deeper passions." --The Guardian

"Visceral and demanding; an unsettling collection that knocks you off balance." --Kirkus

"This book turns your senses so sharply it's hard not to feel thankful for it--how is it possible to have missed these moments before?" --Los Angeles Review of Books

"A story collection designed to unsettle in the most incisive, breathtaking way, May-Lan Tan's Things to Make and Break is a razor-sharp example of the strange behaviors of human beings." --Nylon

"Entertaining reading from a writer worth watching." --Library Journal

"Exhilarating." --Literary Hub

"Tan is a cinematic writer in the same way some directors are literary--think David Lynch at his most Guignol." --Times Literary Supplement

"The thirteen stories found in these two books are a fantastic introduction to a writer in the process of teaching us new ways of reading." --Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"The desires sparking in Things to Make and Break spark again and again--as individual as heartbeats, as intertangled as cigarette smoke around fingers." --Arkansas International

"Things to Make and Break is omnisexual, and it's mind-blowingly good." --PANK

"Things to Make and Break is at once about everyone and no one in particular." --The Harvard Crimson

"Tan leaves readers feeling liberated from conventional storytelling." --Bust

"One of the most disarming works of fiction you're likely to encounter anytime soon." --The Star Tribune

"These stories feel like they were written with a lit cigarette on the night wind. Tan has an imagination like a haunted carousel and each story here is like a ghost that wants only to talk to you. This is one of those debuts to remember, a name that bookmarks itself in your mind after the first story, or should--attention, as we say, must be paid. May-Lan Tan is here." --Alexander Chee