Gold boy, emerald girl

by Li, Yiyun, 1972-

Format: Print Book 2010
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In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner and acclaimed author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants , gives us exquisite fiction filled with suspense, depth, and beauty, in which history, politics, and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition. 
In the title story, a professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student's true affections. In "A Man Like Him," a lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion. In "The Proprietress," a reporter from Shanghai travels to a small town to write an article about the local prison, only to discover a far more intriguing story involving a shopkeeper who offers refuge to the wives and children of inmates. In "House Fire," a young man who suspects his father of sleeping with the young man's wife seeks the help of a detective agency run by a group of feisty old women. 

    Written in lyrical prose and with stunning honesty, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl reveals worlds strange and familiar, and cultures both traditional and modern, to create a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.
A man like him
The proprietress
House fire
Number three, Garden Road
Sweeping past
Gold boy, emerald girl.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Perhaps Li's medical training influences her unflinching scrutiny and diagnosis of repressive circumstances and the maladies of the soul they engender. Following her powerful first novel, Vagrants (2009), with her second substantial short story collection, Li focuses even more clinically on sensitive and distrustful men and women in China who were denied the opportunity to develop fully functional emotional lives. Kindness, a long, delving story about a stoic young woman serving her mandatory stint in the army and her reticent mentor, a retired literature professor, resembles an Anita Brookner tale in its unnerving blend of intensity and restraint. Prison is a chilling tale about a grief-stricken Chinese couple living in America who return to their homeland to find a surrogate mother, and its title neatly describes every other predicament in this dark yet covertly witty and caring collection about lonely and sad people. Betrayals and suicides are committed. Children are bought and sold. Yet, in several tales, including the funny, bittersweet title story, adjustments are made, solutions are found, and friendship and love survive like plants pushing through asphalt.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The nine brilliant stories in Li's collection (after The Vagrants) offer a frighteningly lucid vision of human fate. In the title story, motherless Siyu has long been in love with an older zoology professor, Dai, who suddenly wants Siyu, 38 and single, to marry Dai's gay 42-year-old son, Hanfeng. In "A Man Like Him," retired art teacher Fei embarks on a strange quest after reading a story about a Web site devoted to shaming a man who left his wife. Fei seeks out the man, needing to confide to him his own sordid brush with infamy. The collection's magnificent centerpiece is "Kindness," the novella-length reminiscence of a spiritually despondent math teacher named Moyan, whose bleak story begins with the emotional starvation she suffered from her adoptive parents and grimly continues over the years as two older women-an English teacher and Moyan's army superior-attempt, unsuccessfully, to reach out to her. Li's description of army life, and particularly her description of Moyan's regiment's march across Mount Dabi, is a bravura piece of writing, but it's Moyan's evolution from pitiable to borderline heroic (in her own way) that is Li's greatest achievement. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories, American -- 21st century.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :Random House,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 221 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781400068135 (alk. paper)
1400068134 (alk. paper)
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