A review by aimiller
On Fragile Waves, by E. Lily Yu

emotional sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


A really gorgeous little book--Yu manages to take the horrors of the Australian immigration policies and both highlight them as horrors (through both the mundanity and the acute spikes,) and as something through which people survive, albeit clearly traumatized. There's a real tenderness that Yu shows in tending to her characters, and the relationship especially between Firuzeh and Noor, that makes this more than just a kind of trauma porn. There's so much that is human in this book, in the face of the brutal, faced-but-also-faceless immigration policies.