Ephemera and desire dominate the narratives in Cleo Qian’s debut collection of short stories, Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go. Centering on the lives of Asian and Asian American women, the tales are steeped in the tensions between fantasy and reality, the external and internal, and technology and the natural world. The book’s scenarios oscillate between beauty and dread—a queer love story turns into an abusive power struggle, the desire for acceptance leads to a controversial double eyelid surgery. Throughout it all, Qian demonstrates that the beautiful complexities of being human lie not in finding answers to the great unknown, but instead in the experience of living. —Cady Lang
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