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 Review's 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."
Random House Trade
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||203 x 132 x 15mm (L x W x T)
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