Inez Tan

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Academic Coordinator for the Emphasis in Creative Writing and Lecturer, English
School of Humanities
M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, Poetry
M.F.A., University of Michigan, Fiction
B.A., Williams College, English
University of California, Irvine
370 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Creative Writing; Contemporary American Poetry; Contemporary American Fiction; the Short Story; Singapore Literature
Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume 4
Epigram Books (Singapore, London), 2019
This is Where I Won't Be Alone: Stories
Epigram Books (Singapore, London), 2018

“There is much to admire about this collection: precision, humor, audacity. But what gives these stories depth is that, beneath the experimentation with form and tone is an emotional honesty that manifests in the telling details, in the occasional sentence that knocks you back, and in many of the stories’ endings, which are often sudden and bracing and true. This is the first I’ve read of Tan’s work, but it won’t be the last.”
—Charles Yu, acclaimed author of Sorry Please Thank You and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“What is it like to be caught between several cultures? Inez Tan’s spare, observant stories brilliantly capture the complexities of navigating multiple generations and cultures while searching for love, community, and one’s own identity. These are stories to cherish.”
—Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever

“This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone is hilarious and heartbreaking on the nature of home, and on the fearsome and magnificent force of family, and especially about Singapore—a place as well as a state of mind—rendered with a devastating deadpan wit, enormous compassion and a furious love. This is a hugely impressive collection.” —Jim Shepard, Story Prize-winning author of Like You’d Understand, Anyway

“A beautifully well-written collection of poignant short stories about home and belonging. Inez Tan’s heartwarming authenticity will touch the heart of every Singaporean reader, no matter which corner of the world we currently reside in.”
—Ning Cai, bestselling author of Misdirection

“This is Where I Won’t Be Alone marks the debut of a thrillingly inventive talent. Inez Tan’s stories of Singapore and Singaporeans—by turns knowingly affectionate and deeply affecting—positively shimmer with wit and insight.”
—Peter Ho Davies, Booker-longlisted author of The Welsh Girl

“Never do we lose her primary thread: isolation and identity, centered on the Singaporean experience. Often with surprising eleventh-hour leaps, Tan makes the case that ‘people everywhere have always affected people everywhere, like threads in a secret fabric, notes in a cosmic song.’”
Michigan Quarterly Review
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