May-Lan Tan's first published story appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story in 2011, and her long-anticipated debut collection, Things to Make and Break (CB Editions), is poised to become a cult hit. The Guardian described it as "excellent . . . these strange, flinty, cigarette-stained narratives speed by, offering lots of surface tension and compelling deeper passions." Her US debut, Girly, presents two brand-new stories of young women plotting their escape from childhood. Both are Hong Kong schoolgirls, one destined to cross the ocean while the other daydreams about the airplanes that fly directly over her home. May-Lan Tan's stories have appeared also in Areté, The Reader, and Spork. She lives in London.