AN ENTERTAINING TOUR-DE-FORCE IN THE VOICES OF RURAL AMERICA
In Pocahontas, Mississippi, the Hong Kong Buffet is more than just a place to eat. Glory Ellis Higgins swears by it three times a week, but as editor of the Junior League Cookbook, Ruth Delaney knows that it isn’t of the finest quality; she comes to indulge her husband’s taste for sweet-and-sour pork. In eight monologues, the buffet’s patrons and employees express their hopes, disappointments, and prejudices. Sonnenberg’s talent for capturing idiosyncratic voices makes Hong Kong Buffet a revealing depiction of small-town American culture.
AST in Russia. Sonnenberg has an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in Berlin, where she is a frequent contributor to Berlin Stories on NPR. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the MFA program of the University of Hong Kong. Her award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, anthologized in the O. Henry Short Story Prize series, and received distinguished story recognition by Best American Short Stories. Her nonfiction has been published by Time Magazine, the Associated Press, NPR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and elsewhere. She studied English literature with a citation in Mandarin Chinese at Harvard University. She was a European Journalism Fellow at Berlin’s Freie Universität from 2009–2010 and served as the editor of the American Academy’s Berlin Journal from 2011–2013.is the author of the novel Home Leave, published by Grand Central in the U.S., Arche Verlag in Germany, and