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A Novella and Stories

Lan Samantha Chang (Author, University of Iowa, Writers' Workshop)

Overview | Inside the Book

“Spare and haunting tales that ask ordinary questions about that extraordinary emotion: love.”—Chicago Tribune

The novella and five stories that make up this collection reveal the lives of immigrant families haunted by lost loves: a ghost seduces a young girl into a flooded river; a mother commands a daughter to avenge her father’s death; and in the title novella, a woman speaks from beyond the grave about her tragic marriage to an exiled musician whose own disappointments nearly destroyed their two daughters.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33795-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Elegant.… A delicately calculated balance sheet of the losses and gains of immigrants whose lives are stretched between two radically different cultures.” — The New York Times Book Review

“A work of gorgeous, enduring prose.” — Washington Post

“Impeccable. . . . Delicately specific tales of Chinese immigrant life . . . capturing the universal struggles of the human heart. . . . So luminous is this collection, the result is something like a pearl.” — San Diego Union-Tribune

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