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May-Lan Tan, "Things to Make and Break: Stories"

In ten short stories, May-Lan Tan unspools worlds within worlds, the possibilities we seek out again and again, and the seemingly endless churn through self-invention and self-annihilation that is our search for connection.

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

Old relationships, past selves, hopes for the future-third parties are always in play in any love story. In ten short stories, May-Lan Tan unspools worlds within worlds, the possibilities we seek out again and again, and the seemingly endless churn through self-invention and self-annihilation that is our search for connection. Sleeping with your sister's husband's brother, betraying bandmates, contriving to strike up a friendship with your boyfriend's ex-Tan makes visible how all our dead ends are really mirrors, proxies for something else, and reflections that keep us from seeing our way forward.

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 Areté. She lives in Berlin.

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