Would You Rather
1. Simple but easy to screw up
2. Classy with a scent of trying-too-hard
3. Smooth though also not smooth
4. Best enjoyed in quick, frequent sips
5. Ends with a salty but satisfying taste in your mouth
Vincent Chu’s debut story collection is funny and big-hearted, imbued with a generosity and warmth that reminds us that moments of glory can happen when we least expect it. In eighteen stories that shine a light on people far from champions, Like a Champion is an ode to underdogs and long shots, disappointed worker bees and hopeful lovers, sad office parties and one-sided basketball games. In the words of Kirkus Reviews, "Chu finds ways to turn the everyday into the revelatory."
What is it about Her particular brand of loveliness that turns old Henry to tapioca? She’s not delicate featured, not in the least. She’s got a big, strong jaw, hands that are almost manly, packaged cleavage and lioness hair. The hands remind Henry of his mother’s, no-nonsense, get-the-job-done hands. The jaw and cleavage and hair play superbly with the bearing, which is unhurried, regal, bemused. Her manner is this: you tickle me mildly. And—and this is what turns old Henry to tapioca--She seems to need enchanted moments as much as He does. What’s more, She seems to see enchantment in him. Which makes old Henry feel downright lovely. Even divine.
Reviewed by Bronwyn Mauldin
Let me be frank—not many of you will make it to the end. It is nothing personal—the chief obstacle is simple—the main character, Bacon, is as basic and regular as any typical human person you might meet. However once Bacon's particles are forced to collide with unforeseen and unmentionable circumstances you will unearth a tale of a regular human being thrust into an epic odyssey.
When asked what holiday drink might best be paired with Bacon's Log...
Clam intially contemplated boxed wine with candy canes. Then thought better of it and firmly declared that vodka, cranberry and red vines is the must see holiday jam-this side of wassail!
Bronwyn Mauldin is the author of the novel Love Songs of the Revolution. She won The Coffin Factory magazine’s 2012 very short story award, and her Mauldin’s work has appeared in the Akashic Books web series, Mondays Are Murder, and at Necessary Fiction, CellStories, The Battered Suitcase, Blithe House Quarterly, Clamor magazine and From ACT-UP to the WTO. She is a researcher with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and she is creator of GuerrillaReads, the online video literary magazine.