Faithless is a work of experimental fiction weaving through various scenes and memories of being in love, out of love, and abused by love as told and experienced by Grace, a troubled 20-something-year-old struggling with her identity as a bisexual Korean-American. Everything is recounted as experienced - in fragments.
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Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
Another bizarre story that seemed to have no point, no plot, no continuity. It does however have a protagonist that was impossible for me to relate to or care about. Add to that some scenes that are close to stomach turning and the writing skill of Mink Choi is wasted. This could have been a better effort with less of the flashes of scenes that constitute each chapter reminiscent of books or movies in the 1970's that attempted to be edgy and artsy. This is the type of daring story that the hippie professor in those books or movies would have have praised highly; then bedded the author. In my case it served only to make me wonder if the trend is making a comeback and if so; why?
What I got out of this experimental work is the life of a woman who desires a soft and warm love experience, but has violence conducted against her, has come from a violent background, and ultimately, can never find that type of love because she too attacks people. When you can't be, or don't feel as though you deserve to be, hugged, you'd rather punch and be punched than stand alone.
However, as much as I appreciated the theme, I enjoyed the personal nature of these stories. In a world where readers connect authors to their works, sharing polarizing events takes courage and confidence in the ultimately positive message the piece communicates.
The author accomplished their goal.
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