Other literary forms
In addition to her novels, Wendy Law-Yone has published short fiction as well as works of memoir, journalism, and technical writing. Like her novels, most of these other pieces are set in or concern her native land, Burma (renamed Myanmar in 1989). For instance, “Drought” (1993) is an erotic short story set on an island kampung (“village” in several Southeast Asian languages) about an ostracized Eurasian girl who cares for a European pilot left comatose after a plane crash and who empowers and pleasures herself with his unconscious body. “The Year of the Pigeon” (1994) is a memoir about Law-Yone’s wedding in Rangoon, Burma, to Sterling Seagrave on their second date (after two years of intense written correspondence between them) and her attempt to escape Burma’s military regime, her imprisonment, and her eventual release into exile.
Several of Law-Yone’s most vivid and insightful journalistic pieces spring from visits she has made to her native Burma from exile: For example, “Life in the Hills,” which appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in December, 1989, details her frustrating visit to a jungle hideout of dissident Burmese students after the brutal suppression of the prodemocracy movement by the military junta in 1988; and “The Outsider,” which appeared in the Asia edition of Time magazine in August, 2003, tells of her unsentimental journey to the hellscape of her former family home in Rangoon (now known as Yangon) some thirty years after she had fled it.
Law-Yone’s technical writing has appeared in Architectural Digest, and she has also published the business administration text Company Information: A Model Investigation (1980).