Praise for the vagrants“she bridges our world to the Chinese world with a mind that is incredibly supple and subtle. W magazine“a balzacian look at one community’s suppressed loves and betrayals. Vogue“a sweeping novel of struggle, survival, and love in the time of oppression. We read of delicate moments and acts of violence by mothers, lovers, wives, husbands, sons, neighbors, and more, as Gu Shan’s execution spurs a brutal government reaction.
The Vagrants: A Novel #ad - Writing with profound emotion, and in the superb tradition of fiction by such writers as Orhan Pamuk and J. In luminous prose, and choices for survival, award-winning author Yiyun Li weaves together the lives of unforgettable characters who are forced to make moral choices, in China in the late 1970s. Shortlisted for the 2011 international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Morning dawns on the provincial city of Muddy River.
A young woman, a bold spirit and a follower of Chairman Mao, Gu Shan, has renounced her faith in Communism. Neither of them imagines that their daughter’s death will have profound and far-reaching effects, in Muddy River and beyond.
Kinder Than Solitude: A NovelRandom House #ad - . Yiyun li writes with characteristic genius. Paul harding, author of Tinkers and Enon. As one of the three observes, “Even the most innocent person, when cornered, is capable of a heartless crime. When moran, and boyang were young, Ruyu, they were involved in a mysterious incident in which a friend of theirs was poisoned.
Li gives us gifts of gorgeous prose. It is an inquiry into how the past scars us, and some deeds, shaping present and future, once committed, can never be undone. Los angeles times “Li’s true gift. In mesmerizing prose, and with profound insight, Yiyun Li unfolds this remarkable story, even as she explores the impact of personality and the past on the shape of a person’s present and future.
Praise for kinder than solitude “This is an exceptional novel, and Yiyun Li has grown into one of our major novelists. Salman rushdie “yiyun li infuses the traditional form with a fresh, rigorous beauty and a sense of permanence and increasing value. Mona simpson, author of my hollywood “a sleek, powerful novel about the weight of memory, the brunt of loss and the myriad ways the past can crimp the soul .
Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel #ad - . Moving back and forth in time, between america today and China in the 1990s, Kinder Than Solitude is the story of three people whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed. In california, ruyu helps a local woman care for her family and home, avoiding entanglements, as she has done all her life.
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: StoriesRandom House #ad - A lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion. In these spellbinding stories, a macarthur fellow, yiyun li, a hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, and one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction writers under 40, gives us exquisite stories in which politics and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition.
A professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student’s true affections. Six women establish a private investigating agency to battle extramarital affairs in Beijing. Written in lyrical prose and with stunning honesty, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl introduces us to worlds strange and familiar, creating a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: StoriesRandom House #ad - In this rich, politics, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate. In “the princess of nebraska, ” a man and a woman who were both in love with a young actor in China meet again in America and try to reconcile the lost love with their new lives.
. From the bustling heart of beijing, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers reveals worlds both foreign and familiar, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose. Immortality, ” winner of the paris review’s Plimpton Prize for new writers, tells the story of a young man who bears a striking resemblance to a dictator and so finds a calling to immortality.
And in “a thousand years of good prayers, and an entire people, faith, li boldly explores the effects of communism on language, ” in which a man visits America for the first time to see his recently divorced daughter, only to discover that all is not as it seems, underlining transformation in its many meanings and incarnations.
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories #ad - These and other daring stories form a mesmerizing tapestry of revelatory fiction by an unforgettable writer. After a life” illuminates the vagaries of marriage, parenthood, and gender, unfolding the story of a couple who keep a daughter hidden from the world. Brilliant and original, a thousand years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States.
Inheritance: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The two girls are inseparable—until Junan enters into an arranged marriage and finds herself falling in love with her soldier husband. Inheritance traces the echo of betrayal through generations and explores the elusive nature of trust. Spanning seven decades and set in china and America against a backdrop of political chaos and social upheaval, this arresting debut novel tells a timeless story of familial devotion undermined by deceit and passion and rebuilt by memory.
Inheritance: A Novel #ad - In 1931, yinan, abandoned after their mother's suicide, the young Junan and her sister, make a pact never to leave each other. Unable to follow him to the wartime capital, Junan makes the fateful decision to send her sister after him. When the japanese invade China, Junan and her husband are separated.
The Septembers of Shiraz: A Novel P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - The Septembers of Shiraz: A Novel P.S. #ad - Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known. As isaac navigates the terrors of prison, and his wife feverishly searches for him, his children struggle with the realization that their family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Adrien Brody and Salma HayekIn the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy.
Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your LifeRandom House #ad - Interweaving personal experiences with a wide-ranging homage to her most cherished literary influences, Yiyun Li confronts the two most essential questions of her identity: Why write? And why live?Praise for Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life “Li has stared in the face of much that is beautiful and ugly and treacherous and illuminating—and from her experience she has produced a nourishing exploration of the will to live willfully.
The washington post “Li’s transformation into a writer. Her own prose is both lovely and opaque, fitfully illuminating a radiant landscape of the personal and profound. Entertainment weekly “yiyun Li’s prose is lean and intense, and her ideas about books and writing are wholly original. San francisco Chronicle.
Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life #ad - From william trevor and katherine mansfield to Søren Kierkegaard and Philip Larkin, Dear Friend is a journey through the deepest themes that bind these writers together. She has been a scientist, a mother, an author, a daughter—and through it all she has been sustained by a profound connection with the writers and books she loves.
. Yiyun li grew up in china and has spent her adult life as an immigrant in a country not her own. Is nothing short of astonishing. The new york times book review“An arrestingly lucid, identity, intellectually vital series of contemplations on art, and depression.
A Reunion Of Ghosts: A NovelHarper #ad - But first, vee, lady, and delph must explain the origins of that curse and how it has manifested throughout the preceding generations. A suicide note crafted by three bright, funny women, A Reunion of Ghosts is the final chapter of a saga lifetimes in the making—one that is inexorably intertwined with the story of the twentieth century itself.
Mitchell explores the mixed-blessing bonds of family with wry wit. This original tale is black comedy at its best. People book of the week“A rich portrait of a complicated family, at turns violent and hilarious. Emma straub, New York Timesbestselling author. Unspooling threads of history, they weave a mesmerizing account that stretches back a century to their great-grandfather, personal memory, and family lore, a brilliant scientist whose professional triumph became the terrible legacy that defines them.
A Reunion Of Ghosts: A Novel #ad - A national jewish book award finalist“the alter sisters are mordant, wry, and crystalline in wit and vision; it is a tremendous pleasure to rocket through generations of their family histories with them. Lauren groff, and arcadiain the waning days of 1999, new york timesbestselling author of fates and Furies, The Monsters of Templeton, the last of the Alters—three damaged but wisecracking sisters who share an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side—decide it’s time to close the circle of the family curse by taking their own lives.
The Commoner Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - Based on extensive research, the commoner is a stunning novel about a brutally rarified and controlled existence, and the complex relationship between two isolated women who are truly understood only by each other. In this national bestseller from the author of Reservation Road, a young woman, Haruko, becomes the first nonaristocratic woman to penetrate the Japanese monarchy.
The Commoner Vintage Contemporaries #ad - . When she marries the crown prince of japan in 1959, haruko is met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress, hermetic world, and controlled at every turn as she tries to navigate this mysterious, suffering a nervous breakdown after finally giving birth to a son. Thirty years later, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman to accept the marriage proposal of her son, now Empress herself, with tragic consequences.
UnboundJohn Shors, Inc. #ad - In unbound, history comes alive and literally takes your breath away and breaks your heart at the same time. M. J. The setting – china's great wall – is as much a personality in the tale as the husband and wife who live, and love, in its shadow. I loved it. Jamie ford, new york times bestselling author of hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet“In Unbound, John Shors draws us inside the impassioned history of China’s Great Wall, through richly intertwined characters determined to live freely, and for love.
Yet even this famed fortification has weaknesses, a talented Chinese craftsman is taken from his home and wife, and against his will, so that he may labor alongside the wall’s defenders. Fan has been missing for a year when his wife, Meng, decides to do the impossible—to leave everyone and everything she knows in a daunting effort to find him.
Unbound #ad - As two armies gather at the great wall, a chinese concubine fighting injustice, the fates of Fan and Meng collide with a Mongol horseman seeking redemption, and a ruthless general determined to destroy them all. Praise for unbound:“unbound is utterly captivating—an epic, historical page-turner with a beating heart.
All that prevents the violent end of a dynasty is the Great Wall. A gem of storytelling. Paula mclain, new york times bestselling author of The Paris Wife“An elegant and compelling epic told with Shors’ trademark understanding of human nature and ability to create characters who touch our hearts. Now, with unbound, shors recreates an ancient and celebrated Chinese legend about a pair of young lovers separated by war and the Great Wall.
Where Reasons End: A NovelRandom House #ad - . In the final reckoning, there is nothing she needs from Nikolai other than his company, his ghost; to carry him for a moment more, to keep the story going. The new york times"this expansive, heartfelt examination of grief in novel form moves through a series of conversations between the mourning mother and her elusive, yet vividly present son.
This utterly original novel will move anyone who has experienced loss in any form. Jan weissmiller, forbes"yiyun Li's gutting novel imagines a conversation between a mother and child, months after the child's suicide. The prose is ethereal and electric, radiating unthinkable pain and profound love. BuzzFeed.
Where Reasons End: A Novel #ad - . Composed in the months after she lost a child to suicide, Where Reasons End trespasses into the space between life and death as mother and child talk, free from old images and narratives. Deeply moving, these conversations portray the love and complexity of a relationship. The mother does not require them.
. Written with originality, and poise, Where Reasons End is suffused with intimacy, precision, inescapable pain, and fierce love. Praise for where reasons end"where reasons end belongs to a band of books produced in the forge of intense pain; their authors, aristocrats of suffering -- think of The Year of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights, Joan Didion's memoirs of the deaths of her husband and daughter in close succession.