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

Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel Kay

It’s a shame, librarian and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl remarked on NPR, if the masterful UNDER HEAVEN (Roc, $26.95) by Guy Gavriel Kay is shelved only under Sci-Fi/Fantasty, where ardent fans of historical fiction might never find his work. Gorgeously written and impeccably researched, Under Heaven depicts the rich, teeming universe of the Tang Dynasty in 8th-century China (known in this book as “Kitai”). Kay seamlessly blends history and fantasy, magic and myth, in this tale of assassins, scholars, warriors, poets, ruthless courtiers, Machiavellian politicians, and ghosts. Among the best characters are the women, who fuel their world (and the novel) with intelligence and strength.

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ISBN: 9780451463890
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Published: Ace - May 3rd, 2011