Annotations for Gold Boy, Emerald Girl


Baker & Taylor
A collection by the author of The Vagrants brings to life the rich levels of Chinese-American and Chinese experience in stories like "Prison," in which a Chinese-American woman travels to rural China to choose a surrogate mother for her child.

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of nine short stories that offer a vision of the human fate.

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of stories brings to life the rich levels of Chinese-American and Chinese experience in stories like "Prison," in which a Chinese-American woman travels to rural China to choose a surrogate mother for her child.

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Blackwell Publishing
"Li is extraordinary, a storyteller of the first order. Each tale in this collection is as wild and beautiful and thorny as a heart. Li inhabits the lives of her characters with such force and compassion that one cannot help but marvel at her remarkable talents."-Junot Diaz

"This is work that lasts. Li's characters are held aloft and illuminated in her strong and magical prose."ùAmy Bloom

"In the most dismal circumstances and with the most unlikely subjects, Yiyun Li has the rare ability to conjure hope. She writes with precision and delicacy about the Chinese diaspora and about the new China, and in doing so she writes about us all."-Mona Simpson

"A stellar assortment of stories...further proof that Li deserves to be considered among the best living fiction writers."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Brilliant...a frighteningly lucid vision of human fate."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Extraordinary...beautifully paced, exquisitely detailed...a spellbinding vision of the power of the human spirit."-Chicago Tribune

"[Li is] one of America's best young novelists."-Newsweek

"A remarkable debut...You find yourself reading one perfectly realized gem after the next. The Washington Post Book World

In These Spellbinding Stories, Yiyun Li, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner and acclaimed author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants, gives us exquisite fiction filled with suspense, depth, and beauty, in which history, politics, and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition.

In the title story, a professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student's true affections. In "A Man Like Him," a lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion. In "The Proprietress," a reporter from Shanghai travels to a small town to write an article about the local prison, only to discover a far more intriguing story involving a shopkeeper who offers refuge to the wives and children of inmates. In "House Fire," a young man who suspects his father of sleeping with the young man's wife seeks the help of a detective agency run by a group of feisty old women.

Written in lyrical prose and with stunning honesty, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl reveals worlds strange and familiar, and cultures both traditional and modern, to create a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.

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Random House, Inc.
In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner and acclaimed author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants, gives us exquisite fiction filled with suspense, depth, and beauty, in which history, politics, and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition. 
   
In the title story, a professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student's true affections. In "A Man Like Him," a lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion. In "The Proprietress," a reporter from Shanghai travels to a small town to write an article about the local prison, only to discover a far more intriguing story involving a shopkeeper who offers refuge to the wives and children of inmates. In "House Fire," a young man who suspects his father of sleeping with the young man's wife seeks the help of a detective agency run by a group of feisty old women. 

    Written in lyrical prose and with stunning honesty, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl reveals worlds strange and familiar, and cultures both traditional and modern, to create a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.

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