Hunger: a novella and stories

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Penguin Books, Jan 6, 2000 - Fiction - 191 pages
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The novella and five stories that make up this collection reveal the lives of immigrant families haunted by lost loves: A ghost seduces a young girl into a flooded river; a mother commands a daughter to avenge her father's death; and in the title novella, a woman speaks from beyond the grave about her tragic marriage to an exiled musician whose own disappointments nearly destroyed their two daughters. The characters, whose culture and families have been lost to the forces of history, mistrust connection even as they hunger for attachment.In exquisite prose Lan Samantha Chang weaves the forces of war and magic, food and desire, ghosts and family, into haunting tales that reveal the mysteries of the heart. Again and again, she asks the question: Is ordinary love not a kind of burden, stifling and terrifying in the choices and responsibilities it forces on us? And yet we yearn for it, suffer for it, define ourselves by our experience of it, cannot live without it.

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This is a Novella plus short stories about the immigrant’s hunger for acceptance, for love, for lost tradition, and how one parent’s desire for fulfillment can tear a family apart. Excellent. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A wonderfully written debut collection focusing on Chinese immigrants to America and the troubled lives of their children. Chang concentrates on depicting—with considerable insight and originality ... Read full review

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Lan Samantha Chang's fiction has appeared in Atlantic MonthlLan Samantha Chang's fiction has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Story and The Best American Short Stories 1994 and 1996. y, Story and The Best American Short Stories 1994 and 1996. Chang is the author of the award-winning books Hunger and InChang is the author of the award-winning books Hunger and Inheritance, and the novel All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. heritance, and the novel All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. She is the recipient of the Wallace Stegner and Truman CapotShe is the recipient of the Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellowships at Stanford University. She also received, froe fellowships at Stanford University. She also received, from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Teaching-Writing fellowship m the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Teaching-Writing fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus fellowship. Her many awards includand a Michener-Copernicus fellowship. Her many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was a finalist for the Loe a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, whs Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she directs the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. ere she directs the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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