You Might Forget the Sky Was Ever Blue, by Michael Chin. Duck Lake Books, September 2019. 136 pages. $16.99, paper.
The characters in Michael Chin’s debut short story collection, You Might Forget the Sky Was Ever Blue, are figuring out how to be in the world with others and themselves. Many of these characters’ lives are full of trauma and turmoil and the best they hope for is easier times in the future. Chin’s stories show a fascinating mix of relationships at different ages, and these stories show, sometimes in graphic detail, how we hurt each other and ourselves but in turn, how much we need each other.
In blunt and plain language, Chin does not shy away from the most difficult and shameful parts of relationships between friends, lovers, siblings, and parents and children. There’s no flowery language or lyrical descriptions and it makes these…
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