Staff Picks: The Forbidden Purple City

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Huynh's stories felt so real to me that I had hard time accepting them as just pure fiction.

Have you read The Forbidden Purple City? If you haven't, you should. It's a debut collection of short stories from a very promising local writer, recipient of multiple literary awards, Philip Huynh. Usually, when I read short stories by the same author, there are some stories I like and some stories I don't. In this case, everything was different. I enjoyed all of them! Huynh's stories felt so real to me that I had hard time accepting them as just pure fiction. The characters are everyday type of people that you may encounter in your daily lives; they are simple, yet so complex. Every story flowed naturally and I couldn't put the book down. (Submitted by Mariya)

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