A Look at Fiction Thai By Ong Kakhaw
Fiction Thai is a series of books written by Wiss Chamille Boles. She is originally from Ghana and came to the United States to live in Louisiana. When she was a child, she was very much interested in studying writing and storytelling. Her childhood and early teenage years are the focus of the story. In her mid-twenties, she enrolled in an advanced writing class at the University of Louisiana, specializing in creative writing.
Boles’ first book was entitled The Lonesome Trio. This work won the Lambhonah Prize for Poetry and marked the start of several fruitful collaborations. After this, Boles created several more books including One Hundred Flowers in a Small Green Box and Then Again, Everything. All of these were critically acclaimed, making Boles one of the most well-known and beloved Poetess in the world.
Fiction Thai has also received numerous awards, including the Grand Master award from the Illinois College of Fine Arts. Another of Boles’s books, A Place of Execution was recently short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Another of her fiction novels, A Woman in Love was made into a motion picture and earned her an Academy Award. Not to mention all the reading tours and reading engagements that she has given across the United States, as well as around the world.
But Boles isn’t just writing stories. She sells beautiful fabrics and jewelry from her studio. Her company, Fiction Thai, is based in Chicago. She speaks several languages and produces both spoken and written works. Her most well-known designs are her silk rugs.
Each of the books in the Fiction Thai series is set in various cities across Thailand. Some are set in Bangkok, others in Nakhon Phanom, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya. The story in each book follows a different protagonist. There is a Chinese girl who falls in love with an American in Pattaya. A British girl falls in love with a Chinese in Nakhon Phanom. And then there is a girl from the United States falls in love with a Thai in Chiang Mai.
But you don’t have to live in Thailand to enjoy Boles’s works of fiction. The books can be purchased right here in the USA. There are a few imprints in the USA and Canada, but the most popular product is the board book. These books come in three sizes, with forty-eight pages in each. They are made of soft cover paper with white printing on cream background.
Each story in the Fiction Thai series is complete. In addition to the books themselves, readers receive a CD of the music that was used in the story. This CD is available separately from the books or can be ordered with the books. The CDs include not only music but also a chapter listing that give readers an overview of the entire story. The stories are arranged chronologically by decade and month of each year.
As you might imagine, learning about the life of a fictional character like Bolesong Suphan can be very interesting. He is not a simple hero. Instead, he is a multi-faceted character who is at times a loving father, a caring and compassionate friend, but mostly a frustrated loser. Although Bolesong Suphan lives in modern day Thailand, much of his story is set in the rural areas of Vietnam and Cambodia. Readers will definitely recognize many of the places and faces from his stories, especially if they have visited those places themselves. This is one of the great benefits of learning about fiction in the 21st century – you can bring home a little bit of reality to your everyday life.