Check out the latest batch of my ekphrastic endeavor in Columbia Journal, the magazine published by Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing program. It’s available online, three little interrelated stories inspired by the fantastic paintings of Dina Brodsky. FYI, the first ten of these flash fiction stories can be found in Juked.
The Japanese enslavement of Korean women during the occupation is seen through the keen eyes of Ki-Hwa Kim, our heroine who learns the true meaning of courage and perseverance. Packed with memorable descriptions and enticing characters, Kelly Crigger’s The Comfort Station is the kind of historical fiction that teaches as well as entertains.
-Sung J. Woo, author of Everything Asian
Good historical fiction doesn’t just bring us to another time and place to make us consider the lives and journey of the past – it brings us into the past and immerses us in those lives and journeys. Kelly Crigger’s The Comfort Station is such a book. Crigger writes with passion for, and knowledge of, World War II and Pacific bastion of Rabaul. More importantly though, he writes the characters that make up The Comfort Station with fullness and dimensionality. Not to be missed.
-Matt Gallagher, award winning author of Youngblood
A lyrical novel about a young girl taken captive and forced to serve as a comfort woman. The plot is fast paced and intriguing, but still takes the time to explore the people and places in a beautiful, poetic manner. It’s hard to know if I appreciated the quality of the prose or the excitement of the story more.
-Alana Terry, author of The Beloved Daughter
Now here’s a photo of my cat Mac with the book, since we all know how much the internet loves cats. Looks like he’s already halfway into the book…
Happy to report that the good folks at Slice Magazine will be publishing my ekphrastic endeavor later this month. The issue is titled Distraction, and it’s got some heavy literary hitters as you can see from the cover.
My part will be small, which makes sense as the paintings I wrote about are small, too.
This is a print magazine, so if you wish to revel in the glory of paper, you can order your copy. Once I have it in my hands, I’ll put up some pics.
Many thanks to Jee Yoon Lee of George Washington University and Georgetown University on her blog Writing Like an Asian for this interview.