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The Paper Menagerie

The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu I found this story to be beyond heart-breaking. Beautiful, but emotionally charged.

Jack is the child of an American man and his Chinese mail-order bride. His mom imbues magic into origami animals so that they live and play with Jack as a child. One of these animals, Laohu is a tiger and especially close. What follows over time is the change in the relationship between Jack and his mother as he grows up, and in search of his need to belong, he rejects the strangeness and "other" this is his mother and her culture. There is the reaction to his needs, to her needs, the consequences, the fallout. And winding its way through through the story is the magic, very gentle and beautiful.

Emotional. sucker. punch.