Land of Big Numbers: Stories
One of Barack Obama's Summer Reading PicksDazzling.Riveting. --New York Times Book Review Chen has one of the year's big debut books. --Philadelphia Inquirer Gripping and illuminating . . . At the heart of Te-Ping Chen's remarkable debut lies a question all too relevant in 21st Century America: What is freedom? --Jennifer Egan Immensely rewarding, from the first sentence to the last . . . An exceptional collection. --Charles Yu A stirring and brilliant debut story collection, offering vivid portrayals of the men and women of modern China and its diaspora, both love letter and sharp social criticism, from a phenomenal new literary talent bringing great insight from her years as a reporter with the Wall Street Journal (Elle). Gripping and compassionate, Land of Big Numbers traces the journeys of the diverse and legion Chinese people, their history, their government, and how all of that has tumbled--messily, violently, but still beautifully--into the present. Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen's stories coalesce into a portrait of a people striving for openings where mobility is limited. Twins take radically different paths: one becomes a professional gamer, the other a political activist. A woman moves to the city to Read More chevron_right
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