How to Pronounce Knife

Thammavongsa, S.
In this collection of fourteen short stories written by award-winning Souvankham Thammavongsa, the author highlights the intersectionality of poverty, race, and gender while describing what it means to be a Lao immigrant or refugee who is trying to make a life in North America. Characters grapple with systemic racism and the complex challenges of immigration and assimilation that can be traumatizing, confusing, and leave lasting scars. Suitable for mature senior-level students, the short, impactful stories are engaging for teen readers. And the rich character development, symbolism, and imagery will encourage careful reading, critical thinking, and literary analysis. These elements also lend themselves well to a whole-class study, literature circles, or independent projects related to selected stories.
English Language Arts
  • 10-12