Lake Like a Mirror

Ho Sok Fong

Published: 7 November 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781846276903

About the author

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Ho Sok Fong is the author of one other short story collection, Maze Carpet. Her literary awards include the Chiu Ko Fiction Prize (2015), the 25th China Times Short Story Prize, and the 30th United Press Short Story Prize. She has a PhD in Chinese Language & Literature from NTU Singapore, and lives in Malaysia. More about the author


‘[Lake Like a Mirror's] striking, fluid translation has already won an English Pen Translates Award for Natascha Bruce...surreal and unheimlich in nature... the focus of the collection as a whole: the damage done to women denied a voice... Stunning



Intoxicating... Ho is a formidable talent who weaves together exquisite imagery with nuanced social commentary...startlingly translated from Chinese by Natasha Bruce. Rendered in effortless prose, we can almost touch Ho's Malaysia... [This is] jaw-dropping storytelling... Frustration ripples through the collection...Her prose is languid, her storytelling masterful...a joy

‘There's a surreal bent to many of the stories in Lake Like a Mirror... Beguiling and seasoned with striking imagery... Fascinating... Distilled strangeness’

‘These tales follow different women whose lives are shaped and twisted by forces beyond their control. Atmospheric and occasionally dreamlike’

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