Gold Boy, Emerald Girl - Yiyun Li

“Welcome to the land of the unfortunate and the deserted”: the landscape of Yiyun Li’s third book is littered with loss: unrequited love, suicides, children dead or given away. But the tragedies happen off-stage; Li uses them to set the scenes for the nine impeccably crafted and compassionate stories of GOLD BOY, EMERALD GIRL (Random House, $25). Concentrating on how to form connections without getting hurt, Li’s characters look for ordinary kindness, often from strangers, when love proves too painful or constraining. If loneliness can’t be willed away or dissolved in work, people find ways to “make a world that would accommodate it.” Above all, the gaps in life are filled with stories. An unhappy wife spends her days reading Chinese romances. A retired professor mentors a girl by reading her the novels of Hardy and Lawrence. A child growing up in an emotionally repressed household finds that “all sorts of tales will come to find you”; you only need to go out and listen.

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ISBN: 9780812980158
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 27th, 2011