World Famous Love Acts Brian Leung's deeply flawed protagonists in World Famous Love Acts present a wide and satisfying range. In the chilling "Executing Dexter," two boys flee the… World Famous Love Acts Brian Leung's deeply flawed protagonists in World Famous Love Acts present a wide and satisfying range. In the chilling "Executing Dexter," two boys flee the… 2004-04-15 Fiction
Book Review

World Famous Love Acts (2004)

Brian Leung, World Famous Love Acts | EDITOR'S CHOICE We ''Love'' this book
EDITOR'S CHOICE We ''Love'' this book
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Apr 15, 2004; Writer: Brian Leung; Genre: Fiction

Brian Leung's deeply flawed protagonists in World Famous Love Acts present a wide and satisfying range. In the chilling ''Executing Dexter,'' two boys flee the gloom of broken homes by ''killing'' homemade dolls. At the center of ''White Hand,'' a conflicted young man (who, like Leung, has a Chinese father and a Caucasian mother) searches for emotion at the grave of an ancestor. A couple reunites to put down their sickly canine -- and reflect on the family that exists only in their memory -- in the powerful ''Dog Sleep.'' Each story asks a pointedly difficult question: What happens when we let our most coveted relationships deteriorate under the stress of plain ol' everyday living? Leung reveals a plethora of fascinating answers with beautiful, concise prose and unwavering empathy.

Originally posted Apr 23, 2004 Published in issue #761 Apr 23, 2004 Order article reprints