Sarah Shun-lien Bynum: “Likes”

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Author, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. Photo by Mara Casey.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discusses writing her stories as a means of imagining black and brown characters that don’t conform to easy categorization or simple understanding. An entire lifetime can be compressed within the frame of a short story, and no life is easy or simple. She says that we can’t bring our preconceptions to these stories of complexity and mystery. “Likes” is a layered book of nine short stories.


An excerpt from "Likes,” by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.

Likes. Copyright © 2020 by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. Reprinted courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Michael Silverblatt

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Shawn Sullivan, Alan Howard