The Quest of the quirky Oddfits continues—and this time, beyond the Known World lies something unspeakable…
Two years after Murgatroyd Floyd joined the Quest to understand and catalogue the wonders of the More Known World, the rash-prone, blue-eyed Oddfit starts having doubts about his exploratory skill. And while that’s enough to give his mentor, Ann Hsu, pause, it’s not what’s bringing the Quest to a grinding halt. Blame that on a series of murders that sends Ann and Murgatroyd to a strange new Territory to investigate.
Cambodia-Abscond, awash in shades of red, can drive outsiders crazy. With its vermilion foliage, crimson trees, and garnet soil, it screams carnage. Fitting, considering that its settlers are a shady bunch with catastrophic histories who live in a society where no questions are asked, and the official language is silence.
Fitting, too, that Cambodia-Abscond is where Ann’s recollections of her own nightmarish past seem to come crawling back out of the bloodwood. Apparently, there’s more to the More Known World than Ann and Murgatroyd expected. And if their Quest has a dark side, the two Oddfits have found it.
Tiffany Tsao is a writer, translator, and literary critic. She spent her formative years in Singapore and Indonesia before moving to the United States, where she graduated with a BA from Wellesley College and received a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently resides in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and offspring. Her debut novel, The Oddfits, was published in 2016, and her writing and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Asia Literary Review, LONTAR, the Sydney Review of Books, and the anthology BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016. Her translation of poetry by the Indonesian writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu was one of the six winning entries in the 2016 Pen Presents . . . East & Southeast Asia competition, and her translation of Eka Kurniawan’s short story “Caronang” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. -