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Book Review | Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman & Caroline Tung Richmond

From the publisher: A stunning collection of short stories about the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of teens, from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors, including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco.

This unusual anthology contains 13 stories by 13 authors about different people who live in the same town and are all connected to a string of restaurants that feature cuisine from different traditions. Like most anthologies, it contains some stories that are stronger than others, and some stories resonated with me more than others.

The collection opens with what I think is its strongest entry, “Rain” by Sangu Mandanna. This is a lovely story about grief and remembrance. Next up is “Kings and Queens” by Elsie…

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