Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679604068
0679604065
Characteristics: 1 online resource (221 p.)

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2011 was a great year for Li. Not only was she shortlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, she also earned comparisons to Chekov and Munro. This complex collection of stories is set in China and through the use of multi-generational points of view, shows a soci... Read More »


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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

The characters in these short stories are aliented from human relations. I enjoyed other books by this author.

melwyk Feb 13, 2012

I like short stories, even if I don't read them as often as I read other forms of fiction. This collection was wonderful: no one story overwhelmed the others, or seemed pale in comparison to the others.

In many of the stories, older women feature prominently. They are reviewing their lives, or wondering what went wrong, how they've missed out somehow. But the characters are all different people, despite their commonalities. There is no one character that always seems to be speaking for the author. I really admired her skill at creating settings that were alive, that seemed to be the natural place for each character to exist in. Most of the stories were set in China, but a few had American elements as well, and one of these ended up being a favourite for me. By chance, it's the title story, "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl", a phrase denoting an equally handsome married couple.

A kind of calm, assured writing which never promises that things will be perfect is found throughout the collection. I enjoyed this read and all of the varied characters introduced to us. Very rewarding read and I know I'll be looking for more by this author.

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Shinara1
Jan 22, 2012

depressing -
to defy society
you sink into yourself and
cut yourself off from everyone around you.

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