Soma’s debut novel is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. (Macmillan) in 2024.

Meanwhile, Soma’s award-winning short stories are available in three prose chapbooks:


Harsh and beautiful, yearning and deadly, the stories of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier will remind you of nothing less than the whole wide world.  – Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket

“Brilliant is a word usually associated with diamonds therefore this is the appropriate word for Soma Mei Sheng Frazier who writes like a young Toni Morrison: clear, clean yet heart skipping for all the things she is not telling. Crisp. Deliciously enticing as the story unfolds. Soma is a wonderful writer on the rise. Perhaps I should have started this story with the first star of evening, visible to our planet but harking of another shore, lighting our sky. We walk the beach with her. And the tide pulls the diamonds to our hands.”  Nikki Giovanni, Oprah “Living Legend”

These intimate, gutsy, heartbreaking stories – stories about having bodies and having histories, having desire and having had desire – left me pleasantly shaken, cured of some psychic ailment I hadn’t known I was afflicted with. This book is full of secrets, frank revelations, brutal honesties and tenderness; hard-won emotional truths and the bittersweet understanding that our primary relationship is with our self. – Michelle Tea

“Collateral Damage introduces a brave, compassionate writer unafraid to look closely at the unintended yet far-reaching consequences of war. The narrators in this triptych couldn’t be more different from one another, yet each of their voices is equally clear, equally memorable – ‘bringing the news from one world to another,’ as Raymond Carver said, in a movingly human way.”  Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

“Reading these stories is like stepping into a mine field—there is a sharp sense of danger and quick little explosions of pain and poetry, hurt and healing, on every page. These are war stories, brilliantly lit with insight and compassion.”  Molly Giles

“This set of stories beautifully captures the unavoidable ripple effect of violence that war inflicts upon its (distant, unintended, secondary) victims. Ordinary life, and lives, also suffers the after-shock, leaving the living guilty and grief-stricken and hard-pressed to name themselves ‘lucky.’ A very powerful triptych from a writer to watch.”  Antonya Nelson

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