Strangers on a Pier

Tash Aw revisits his memoir

An expanded version of Tash Aw’s memoir, Strangers on Pier, available soon, was reviewed in the Guardian.

“Aw’s sentences are fuelled by the abiding search for roots: who do we look like? And why? If his grandparents or parents had settled elsewhere, who might Aw have become? He thinks about his grandmother and his last conversation with her years ago: “How can I remember you and still be modern?” The price of accruing privilege is Aw’s great theme.”

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