The Axolotl Colony

The Axolotl Colony gathers together the stories of Jaime An Lim. His characters are faced with fear and dread for the future but hurtle along in An Lim’s masterful control of pace and plot. Paralyzed by separation, Tomas, in the title story, is a study in quiet desperation. Fidela Magsilang, in the story bearing her name, is literally liberated from her cold feet by a chase through a woodland scene. In “The Homing Mandarin,” An Lim chronicles the epic travails of a Chinese family in the Philippines with gentle humor and sad irony. An Lim sees the humanity in his characters’ fears at the same time as he admires and admonishes them.