Story by Erasmus Yang
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About the Author
Scott Brown is an (as yet) unsung hero of contemporary American letters: subversive, hilarious, his gaze unsparing. He tackles big topics with a microscopic lens, inimitably blending the personal with the political. Read him and your universe will expand-as you laugh out loud.
-Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban and The Agüero Sisters
In fictional Tandomon Island in Southeast Asia, Mr. Dan builds and rebuilds a fake war memorial, while Erasmus chronicles the events, garnering the attention of the global community and nearly bringing thermonuclear war to his home. A wickedly funny and unnervingly satisfying story, Scott Shibuya Brown's Story by Erasmus Yang explores with great delicacy the story's we make to survive and the worlds these narratives inevitably bring forth. -Raul Palma, author of A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens
Every half-baked Twain scholar knows he was working on something during his stay on the island of Bong Cao, in the Tandemon archipelago, in the Southeast Asian Pacific. Twain claimed to have left his manuscript behind in the desk drawer of his Princess Wei-Ning Shao Hotel suite, overlooking the pool and the impressive Civil War monument that lies beyond it-Bong Cao's only claim to fame. Until now. Because here it is! Delivered by Mr. An Dan the fish hawker himself! Twain scholars have scrambled lai dat! to verify its authenticity-Twain's trademark vernacular text-speak, his pull-your-leg wit, slap-your-thigh humor. Mark Twain writing under the pseudonym of Scott Shibuya Brown writing under the pseudonym of the soon-to-be-renowned newspaper reporter, Erasmus T. Yang. Life doesn't get any better than this!
―Robert Antoni is the author of As Flies to Whatless Boys, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the BOCAS prize for best novel from the Caribbean, and Cut Guavas, runner-up for the BOCAS prize