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Detroit Lakes Public Library JIN (Text) 33500013194493 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 006293595X
  • ISBN: 9780062935953
  • Physical Description: 279 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Custom House, [2020]

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Summary, etc.: "On the night of June Fourth, a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind's arrow of time. When Su Lan dies unexpectedly seventeen years later, it is her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life. Liya, who grew up in America, takes her mother's ashes to China - to her, an unknown country. In a territory inhabited by the ghosts of the living and the dead, Liya's memories are joined by those of two others: Zhu Wen, the woman last to know Su Lan before she left China, and Yongzong, the father Liya has never known. In this way a portrait of Su Lan emerges: an ambitious scientist, an ambivalent mother, and a woman whose relationship to her own past shapes and ultimately unmakes Liya's own sense of displacement."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    *Starred Review* The story starts at the end—"Today Su Lan begins to die"—and finishes at the beginning—"her new American life." In between, multiple fragments pieced together from various points of view present an immigrant teenager's quest to understand who she is, how she came to be, and how she'll move forward alone. Liya's birth during the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre marks the cleaving of her parents' marriage, her father's disappearance, and the reversal of her mother Su Lan's promising trajectory as a gifted physicist. Seventeen years later—"enough [time] to turn an infant into a woman, a Chinese into an American"—Su Lan is suddenly dead. In searching through the few fragments Su Lan left behind, Liya finds evidence of a past her mother intended to erase, prompting Liya to return to her birth country, which she barely remembers. What she finds upon arrival sets in motion the search for a father she's never met. With precocious dexterity, Jin—Chinese-born, Harvard-educated, Brooklyn-based—adroitly privileges her readers with a haunting omniscience she denies her characters, giving voice to Liya's first caregiver and the runaway stranger whose genes are Liya's dubious legacy. Skillfully revealed, exquisitely rendered, Jin's first novel undoubtedly presages future success. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: FICTION / Cultural Heritage
FICTION / Asian American
FICTION / Literary
Self-realization in women Fiction
Death Fiction
Immigrants Fiction
Chinese American women Fiction
Mothers and daughters Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.
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