‘searing, lushly written . . . stylishly explores the shifting boundaries between sex and commerce, East and West, culture and identity . . . erotic, imagistic prose.” –Entertainment Weekly
‘set in present-day Bangkok, Lawrence Chua’s mean, lean Gold by the Inch unfolds in a rush of edgy, brilliant images and dances on the dark side of love, loss, sexual passion, cultural conflict, and hard commerce.” –Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love
“A sparse, fragmented style which sometimes resembles the gliding, poetic prose of Marguerite Duras . . . The author’s real talent is to lay bare the narrator’s heart, his confused, wounded craving for someone he can never possess.” –Evelyn Lau, The Village Voice Literary Supplement
“Lawrence Chua’s first novel is told with a voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath–mean in rhythm, urgent in imagery. . . . A narrative that’s as unpredictable as it is engaging. . . . Because his prose soars, so do his stories.” –Soyon Im, Seattle Weekly
“This first novel by journalist Chua updates the time-honored themes of empire and eroticism. . . .
Chua’s prose is sensuous, often feverish, studded with vivid images.” –Publishers Weekly
“In all his books, there beats a heart so sweet that to encounter it can be painful; this hones even further the razor edges of the moments of heartbreak when they come. . . . Absolutely flawless comic writing . . . Stylistically, it’s as clear as vodka, straightforward and suggestive. . . . Dylan Thomas described Under Milk Wood as “a green-leaved sermon on the innocence of men” and that also neatly sums up Gold. It’s original, fresh, and funny.” –The Observer
“Both hilarious and affecting, perhaps even profound. His is a special and distinctive talent. 5 stars.” –The Independent