Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
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In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction writers under 40, gives us exquisite stories in which politics and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition. A professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student’s true affections. A lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion. Six women establish a private investigating agency to battle extramarital affairs in Beijing. Written in lyrical prose and with stunning honesty, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl introduces us to worlds strange and familiar, creating a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.

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About Yiyun Li

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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 master's 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 Review's 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.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by Random House. 241 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The opening story, “Kindness,” is a virtuosic novella in which a middle-aged woman recalls relationships with two crucial women in her life: a retired schoolteacher who provided a haven during the narrator’s difficult childhood and the army lieutenant whose treatment of her veered from tenderness...

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A bumblebee buzzed and was shooed away, and in the distance, perhaps over the hills where a civilian world could not be seen, a loudspeaker was broadcasting midday news, but we could not hear a word.” This description of how art affects us — the way it stuns the clamorous world into silence on...

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Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop The people in Li's tales are everyday and frustrated, alone in the...

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Trauma and loss afflict most of the characters in Yiyun Li's third book – her first collection of short stories, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Guardian first book award in 2006, and a novel, The Vagrants, appeared here last year – but by the time we meet them, crisis is usually at som...

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Recalling when she was a small girl and she failed to return the body of a dead pet chick to its egg, she muses, “I have learned, since then, that life is like that, each day ending up like a chick refusing to be returned to the eggshell.” These moments of emotional acuity pepper every story Li ...

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Oregon Live

"Gold Boy, Emerald Girl" is Yiyun Li's third book, following a much-heralded novel ("The Vagrants") and an award-winning story collection ("A Thousand Years of Good Prayers").

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Scotsman.com

The reader encounters the subtlest mixing of historical time and mythical time, of personal and political time, of eras in transition.

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The Roanoke Times

Li frequently reveals her characters through their reminiscing, and the stories have a cozy, intimate feel.

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Oprah.com

The tales in Yiyun Li's second collection often take on the otherworldliness of myth, in a country where "big tragedies and small losses [can] all be part of a timeless dream."

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Oprah.com

The tales in Yiyun Li's second collection often take on the otherworldliness of myth, in a country where "big tragedies and small losses [can] all be part of a timeless dream."

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Straight.com

In her latest collection of short stories, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, Yiyun Li continues to operate on the emotional bandwidth of her magnificent debut novel, The Vagrants, and her award-winning book of short fiction A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.

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