Something Close to Nothing by Tom Pyun


This item will be released November 12, 2024.

Featuring a mixed-race (Asian-white) gay male couple starting a family via a gestational surrogate, Tom Pyun’s Something Close to Nothing is a dark and hilarious debut that explores what happens when we go after everything we want in life.


Jared Cahill and Wynn Kang seem like the perfect couple. Even the woman at the airline counter, where they check-in for their flight to Cambodia to pick up their future daughter who is being carried by a surrogate, seems to recognize it: “I’m so happy that marriage is legal for you guys,” she says. But while Jared is already planning for their second child—half white like him, and half Korean like Wynn—Wynn isn’t ready to give up his dreams of becoming a hip hop dancer to become “the hostage of a crying, pooping terrorist.” So, he does what anyone in his position would do. He leaves Jared at the airport. Told in alternating points of view, Wynn and Jared take readers on their messy tragi-comic journey, confronting the unresolved issues of race, identity, and privilege that haunt them, pulling at the loose threads of their fantasies, and facing the question of whether they will ever, finally, face themselves and grow up. 

TOM PYUN earned his MFA at Antioch University Los Angeles and has been awarded fellowships by the Vermont Studio Center, VONA, and Tin House. His creative fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Reed Magazine, Joyland, and Blue Mesa Review. His essay, “Mothers Always Know,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2015.


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