"Bui’s stores are engaging as they showcase the real difficulties displaced people often face in foreign spaces, and how they affect her characters’ relationships and perspectives in both positive and negative ways."—Booklist
“An exciting, profound and often funny dive into the minor cataclysms of everyday life. Joey Bui is a marvel.”—Bram Presser, author of The Book of Dirt
“Filled with distinctive characters and full of surprises, these stories are enlightening and unforgettable.’—Alice Pung, author of Laurinda
“Wry yet affecting…the scatological nature of the stories and the ways in which they delve into the indignity of poverty call to mind Jenny Zhang, while the astute racial, gender and class commentary would appeal to readers of Julie Koh, Melanie Cheng and Rosanna Gonsalves.”—Books+Publishing (starred review)
Lucky Ticket is a tender, sophisticated collections of worlds...—The Saturday Paper
A highly original collection of stories by a talented young writer. In the comic-tragic title story, the genial, disabled old narrator sells lottery tickets on a street corner in bustling Saigon. In ‘Mekong Love’, two young people in a restrictive society try to find a way to consummate their relationship. What does it mean to be Asian? What does it mean to be white? And what makes up identity? Lucky Ticket introduces a diverse range of characters, all with distinctive voices, and makes us think differently about identity, mixed-race relationships, difficulties between family generations, war and dislocation.