Sunday, April 30, 2023

the last book I ever read (Bliss Montage: Stories by Ling Ma, excerpt five)

from Bliss Montage: Stories by Ling Ma:

She had offered to work at the restaurant her parents owned, but they wouldn’t let her. They hadn’t sent her to the University just so she could assume their livelihood, just so she could return. She had been named after Maria from The Sound of Music, the first film her parents had watched in America, swept up in the exploits of the nun who leaves the convent to become a governess. “Climb every mountain,” the Mother Superior sings, urging Maria to leave, to see the world.

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