A National Indie Bestseller
"Dazzling . . . Ling Ma writes with such authority that we readers are simply swept along . . . If sometimes we wonder where we've ended up, maybe that sense of dislocation is the desired final effect." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
"Uncanny and haunting . . . The genius of [Bliss Montage] is unearthed in how [Ma] stretches the boundaries of the world while zooming in on the details that matter most . . . A powerful reminder that there is more than one way to see -- and really know -- a person." --Michele Filgate, The Washington Post
What happens when fantasy tears the screen of the everyday to wake us up? Could that waking be our end?
In Bliss Montage
, Ling Ma brings us eight wildly different tales of people making their way through the madness and reality of our collective delusions: love and loneliness, connection and possession, friendship, motherhood, the idea of home. A woman lives in a house with all her ex-boyfriends. A toxic friendship grows up around a drug that makes you invisible. An ancient ritual might heal you of anything--if you bury yourself alive.
These and other scenarios investigate the ways that the outlandish and the ordinary are shockingly, deceptively, heartbreakingly alike.