Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea. He is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood and I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying. Forthcoming are The Murder of the Doppelgänger and Own Story: Essays. He is an Assistant Professor at Coe College.
Yesterday they raised the Sewol ferry. It sank three years ago with most of its passengers, including 250 of 324 students. The captain and crew escaped after telling passengers to stay in their cabins.
The last time I went to Korea, I noticed that you can ride the subway and stream a movie on your cell phone, call your parents with the exact time you will arrive home. While the Sewol ferry went down, many victims called or texted. If someone chose to save them, those messages remain.
Matthew Salesses's new novel The Hundred Year Flood (Little A) explores the relationship between Tee, an adoptee reeling from the recent death of his uncle and the knowledge of his father's infidelity, and a Czech artist and his wife. Having fled to Prague, Tee encounters ghosts, love, and, of course, the titular flood, while struggling to find something to hold on to and somewhere to belong.
We are pleased to offer this early chapter of Salesses's book, and hope you enjoy it! The Hundred Year Flood will be available on September 1.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Joel Brinkley believes the Vietnamese people's love for
dog meat makes them more aggressive. Writers Matthew Salesses and Kirstin Chen explore how the Vietnamese/other Easterners might view America's eating habits and account for its own aggressive tendencies.