This month’s calendar reading is The Boy From Lam Kien by Miranda July.
I had heard great things about this author, and the synopsis of the story sounded interesting, so I set out on a quest…
The story is available as a paperback
Yes. I’m not paying that sort of price for a short story. On googling, I discovered that there had been a BBC radio series read by the author:
Of course, it was unavailable.
So I bought a kindle version of the collection of short stories it was in, for a LOT less than I would have had to spend on a standalone paperback.
I started reading at the beginning, and stopped when I finished the story I’d bought the book for, about halfway in. And it was hard work getting that far. I should have just read the one story I’d wanted – it was the least objectionable of the ones I did read. I don’t often abandon a book unfinished, but occasionally it happens.
These stories are not for me, I’m afraid. There is too much very dysfunctional sex. There are dysfunctional sex workers, dysfunctional care workers, dysfunctional everything. A woman cheerfully admitting to having a fourteen year old boyfriend was the last straw for me.
I couldn’t make myself go any further.