A devastating and utterly original portrait of motherhood and grief.
Yiyun Li is the author of two novels, The Vagrants and Kinder Than Solitude, and two short story collections, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. She has won literary awards including the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was listed among Granta's 21 Best of Young American Novelists 2007. Her stories have been published in the New Yorker, Paris Review and elsewhere. She lives in Iowa City with her husband and two sons. Her next book, Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You In Your Life, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in February 2017.
an incredible piece of work * Chris Power, Open Book *
a disquieting, delicate, affecting book * Irish Times *
One of the most moving books I've ever read. * Leslie Jamison *
Profoundly moving. An astonishing book, a true work of art. * Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers *
The writing is raw and deeply affecting. * The Times *
Heart-rending * The Sunday Times *
Li writes with a shimmering and deeply felt precision. * Guardian *
Unsentimental, brave and beautiful. An absolutely monumental book. * Daily Mail *
The most intelligent, insightful, heart-wrenching book of our time. -- Andrew Sean Greer
A masterpiece. This book haunts me more than any other novel I've read in recent years. -- Garth Greenwell