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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories | Yiyun Li
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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. In this rich, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate. From the bustling heart of Beijing, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers reveals worlds both foreign and familiar, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose. Immortality, winner of The Paris Reviews 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. 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. 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. And in A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, 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, Li boldly explores the effects of communism on language, faith, and an entire people, underlining transformation in its many meanings and incarnations. These and other daring stories form a mesmerizing tapestry of revelatory fiction by an unforgettable writer. From the Hardcover edition.
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Hamlet
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This collection was as informative for me as it was entertaining. The author was born and raised in China and is now a professor at Princeton. The stories have a great range, from imperial eunuchs and the early days of Mao to tales set in America with insights about thinking in Chinese versus English. The writing (in English) is clear, direct, & unsentimental. I enjoyed all the stories and was moved by many. I recommend this collection.

AliceCullen Intriguing. Adding to my list! 2mo
Hamlet @AliceCullen Oh, I‘m so glad something caught your eye! Hooray! 1mo
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Jolynne
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Short stories are thought provoking, these stories are that. Mostly set in Communist China.

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RealBooks4ever Nice cover! 💜 4y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚🎶👌🏻 4y
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