Awabi, 2nd Edition Now Available

Digging Press is proud to announce the publication of the second edition of Awabi: A Duet of Short Stories by Mandy-Suzanne Wong.

Winner of the 2018 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award. Mandy-Suzanne Wong deftly explores the complex world of the ama – ocean women, mostly elderly, who eke out a living while diving deep to capture abalone, snails, and otherworldly sea creatures for food. The ama battle cold currents without scuba tanks while facing the threat of an ecological crisis. Suffused with lyrical imagery and profound longing, Wong creates evocative moments of love, pride, jealousy, misunderstanding, and sacrifice in this duet of short stories. This second edition includes a new preface, images, and acknowledgments.

photo by Heather Kettenis, 2018

About The Author:
Mandy-Suzanne Wong is the author of The Box, a novel forthcoming from Graywolf Press. Her first novel Drafts of a Suicide Note (Regal House) was a Foreword INDIES finalist, PEN Open Book Award nominee, and more. Her essay collection Listen, we all bleed (New Rivers) was an EcoLit Best Book of 2021, SPD bestseller, and PEN/Galbraith nominee. Her work appears in Arcturus, Black Warrior Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Entropy, Island Review, Necessary Fiction, Permafrost, Stoneboat, and elsewhere. She lives in Bermuda.

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