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Boys unfold loungers on the beach, as Ma watches the annual parade of holidaymakers with a knowing eye. Indoors, a woman sits sewing pearls onto cheap lace, trying to meet the lingerie company's latest deadline. This book explores what it means to be a son, a brother, a parent, a lover, a Thai, and a disenfranchised resident of the global village.
Rattawut Lapcharoensap was born in Chicago in 1979 and raised in Bangkok. He was educated at Triamudomsuksa Pattanakarn, Cornell University and the University of Michigan, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Sightseeing (2005) is his first book.In 2007 he was named as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.