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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
42 43 In this, his first book, freelance writer Benjamin Law has created an affectionate, irreverent and hilarious account of growing up Asian, gay and with ambitions of being a soapie star on the Sunshine Coast in the 90s. A collection of linked essays with titles like ‘So, You are a Homo’, ‘Skeletons’ and ‘Oceans Apart’ describe key events and experiences like speculating on his chances of finding a man to love, the deportation of his extended family and the difficulty of choosing the perfect present for his absent Chinese father who won’t accept anything that has been made in China. The most vividly memorable family member is Law’s mother who loves regaling her children with graphic stories of their births. It is she who teaches the family to confront adversity with humour that is dark, profane, politically incorrect and laugh out loud funny. Those who enjoy the short stories of David Sedaris will also enjoy The Family Law. ‘ ... an affectionate, irreverent and hilarious account of growing up Asian, gay and with ambitions of being a soapie star... ThE Family law // benjamin law NF NF