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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 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.

Review:

"[A] superb debut....Self-effacing maternal love, extreme societal pressures, betrayal, and peculiar convictions all make for provocative and memorable fiction that is simultaneously culturally specific and universal." Booklist

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"Some ungainly plotting, but the author is one to watch." Kirkus Reviews

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"Yiyun Li is a true storyteller. Great stories offer us the details of life on the riverbanks: birth, family, dinner, and love, all framing the powerful flow of terror, death, political change, the river itself. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is as grand an epic and as tenderly private as a reader could wish." Amy Bloom, author of Come to Me

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"With great tenderness, tact, and humor, these stories open a world that is culturally remote from us, and at the same time as humanly intimate as if its people were our own family and their thoughts the thoughts that lie nearest our own hearts." Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead and Housekeeping

Review:

"This extraordinary collection reminds you just how big a short story can be. With wit, ruthlessness, and an understanding of human nature — its grand follies, private sorrows, and petty dreams — A Thousand Years of Good Prayers may remind you of Flannery O'Connor, though Li is an original. Read this book and marvel at a writer both at the height of her powers and at the start of a brilliant career." Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Giant's House

Review:

"Li writes as though English were her native tongue....Her sentences not only move some fine stories along, they aso dramatize a serious understanding of contemporary life and a deeply felt response to the rigors and vagaries of drinking from modernity's sometimes bitter cup." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"With great economy, Li achieves a delicate balance between the comic and the tragic. She's a writer who knows the value of words and doesn't waste them....This book may be one of the year's most auspicious debuts." San Jose Mercury News

Synopsis:

In this collection of stories, the author illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate.

About the Author

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and attended Peking University. She came to the United States in 1996 to study medicine and started writing two years later. After receiving a masters degree in immunology from the University of Iowa, she attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she received an MFA. Li is a recipient of The Paris Reviews Plimpton Prize for new writers. Her stories have been published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Glimmer Train, and Prospect. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400063123
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Li, Yiyun
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
China
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 20, 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.52x6.02x.81 in. .88 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Random House - English 9781400063123 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] superb debut....Self-effacing maternal love, extreme societal pressures, betrayal, and peculiar convictions all make for provocative and memorable fiction that is simultaneously culturally specific and universal."
"Review" by , "Some ungainly plotting, but the author is one to watch."
"Review" by , "Yiyun Li is a true storyteller. Great stories offer us the details of life on the riverbanks: birth, family, dinner, and love, all framing the powerful flow of terror, death, political change, the river itself. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is as grand an epic and as tenderly private as a reader could wish."
"Review" by , "With great tenderness, tact, and humor, these stories open a world that is culturally remote from us, and at the same time as humanly intimate as if its people were our own family and their thoughts the thoughts that lie nearest our own hearts."
"Review" by , "This extraordinary collection reminds you just how big a short story can be. With wit, ruthlessness, and an understanding of human nature — its grand follies, private sorrows, and petty dreams — A Thousand Years of Good Prayers may remind you of Flannery O'Connor, though Li is an original. Read this book and marvel at a writer both at the height of her powers and at the start of a brilliant career."
"Review" by , "Li writes as though English were her native tongue....Her sentences not only move some fine stories along, they aso dramatize a serious understanding of contemporary life and a deeply felt response to the rigors and vagaries of drinking from modernity's sometimes bitter cup."
"Review" by , "With great economy, Li achieves a delicate balance between the comic and the tragic. She's a writer who knows the value of words and doesn't waste them....This book may be one of the year's most auspicious debuts."
"Synopsis" by , In this collection of stories, the author illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and culture intersect with personality to create fate.
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