I really enjoyed reading "Sightseeing" by young Thai author Rattawut Lapcharoensap. It is a collection of short stories about daily life in Thailand and offers the unique perspective of a young author.
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"The first five stories are all told from the point of view of young boys with similar voices, and this has a comforting effect. One of the difficulties in reading a short story collection is that, just as you get used to a particular voice, it abruptly changes, and “Sightseeing” provides a nice change from typical collections for that reason. Lapcharoensap’s boy narrators are so fully realized that you want to stay with them, even when the towns, back stories and plots around them change. They are sweetly innocent and often brutal in that innocence, barely blinking at the adult tragedies unfolding around them." (Salon.com)
I truly enjoyed the perspective of a young person and also loved reading about a place as unique as Thailand.
Also, on a more personal note - short stories are the wave of the future for busy moms!
Hope that you enjoy!