Venous Hum

 

Long listed for the ReLit Award!

Brash, clever, and monstrously funny, Venous Hum charts the lives of Lai Fun Kugelheim and Stefanja Dumanowski, best friends who, upon hearing the news of an old high school acquaintance’s death, are gripped by an insatiable nostalgia and organize a twenty-year reunion. What initially seemed like a simple task becomes increasingly complicated for Lai Fun, but the past is nothing compared to her messy present: her marriage to a successful businesswoman is crumbling, she’s having an affair with a man (who happens to be Stefanja’s husband), and her oddly supernatural mother—an immigrant vegetarian with an unusual appetite—only wants her daughter to be happy. But in the wake of such chaos, the only constant is the hum of the blood coursing through her veins.

A satire on race, gender, sexuality, and vegetarianism, this is a magic-realist novel that will throw your assumptions of the world and the people who inhabit it out the window.

 

Arsenal Pulp Press
2004
ISBN 9 7 8 1 5 5 1 5 2 1 7 0 1
232 pages / paperback