At once a fairy tale, a fortune, and a translation told through the I Ching, Vietnamese-American author Lily Hoang’s CHANGING is a ghostly and miniature novel. Both mysterious and lucid at once, the book follows Little Girl down a century-old path into her family’s story. Changing is Little Girl’s fate, and in CHANGING she finds an unsettling, beautiful home. Like a topsy-turvy horoscope writer, Hoang weaves a modern novella into the classical form of the I Ching. In glassine sentences, fragmented and new, Jack and Jill fall down the hill over and over again in intricate and ancient patterns. Here is a wonder story for 21st century America. Here is a calligraphic patchwork of sadness. “This is an impossible thing, a dream object”–Joyelle McSweeney, author of FLET.
Lily, of course, is also the author of Parabola (edited by yours truly, and published by us weirdos over at Chiasmus Press), which I’ve described for a while as the most important book published by a U.S. small press for quite some time. Changing is a strong runner-up; go get it already.