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In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner and acclaimed author ofA Thousand Years of Good PrayersandThe 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 studentrs"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 mans 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 Girlreveals worlds strange and familiar, and cultures both traditional and modern, to create a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.
Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. In 2007, Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five. Her work has appeared in TheNew Yorker, A Public Space, The Best AmericanShort Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, among others. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and their two sons.