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Book Review: Watering Heaven by Peter Tieryas Liu


A woman who has no reflection. Another who lays an egg every time she has sex! A man who refuses to kill the rats that take over his home. Another who completely changes his face. These are just a few of the uniquely creative characters featured in Watering Heaven, a collection of short stories by Peter Tieryas Liu.

I don't generally read short stories, as regular readers of this blog can attest. But I must say I really enjoyed this collection. Of course, there were some stories I liked better than others. But overall, this is an interesting assortment of outrageous yet often profound stories. I honestly feel that I need to reread some because I'm sure I'm missing some of the symbolism and messages Liu is putting forth.

This is a not a happy or joyful look at life; most of the stories are more reflective and don't always end well. But the creativity and literary style that Liu employs is quite enjoyable to read (if you like that sort of writing). Some of the themes I see running through these stories are an examination of life and where we fit in, as well as disillusionment with jobs, relationships and life in general. The stories all interweave some aspect of Chinese culture, whether they take place in Beijing or refer to old Chinese folktales. This makes them even more interesting.

I highly recommend Watering Heaven if you are looking for a creative, imaginative collection of short stories that will make you think about life.

My Rating: 4/5

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This review was written based on a copy of Watering Heaven that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I normally do not read short stories either. Glad you enjoyed this collection.

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    1. It was actually very good, and has made me consider trying some more short story collections in the future.

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  2. hi Julie, thank you again for the great review! I definitely recommend trying more collections as there are many amazing ones out there. Have a great week!

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