XUAN JULIANA WANG reads from her debut short story collection HOME REMEDIES with JUSTIN TORRES

Home Remedies (Hogarth)

With evocative writing and impressive range, Wang captures the heartbeat of this generation: the Chinese millennial. Creative, ambitious, messy and often reckless, Wang’s unforgettable characters are on a quest for every kind of freedom—artistic, familial, individual, sexual, psychological. A pair of synchronized divers at the Beijing Olympics have trained together, living and moving as one body, for half their lives, only to discover themselves through divergence. A Chinese-American student in Paris unwittingly becomes the fashion world’s next “it” girl. An immigrant father attempts to understand his fully American daughter through the logic of algorithms. A group of artists drift through Beijing in search of something—meaning, their next muse, the next thrill.

These are stories of lives on the cusp of change: people who are testing the limits of who they are, who they wish they were, and who they will one day be; in a world that is as vast and changing as their ambitions. Above all, these are sharp stories about the brand new face of Chinese youth, around the world, from an exceptionally talented literary writer.

Praise for Home Remedies

"This dazzling collection interrogates the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial. Xuan Juliana Wang has the dark soul of an old poet's inkwell, the deep knowing of an ancient remedy, and linguistic incandescence of a megacity skyline."— Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master's Son

"The stories in Home Remedies are so artful, funny, generous and empathetic that they'll linger in readers for weeks after you finish the book. Xuan Juliana Wang is a radiant new talent."— Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

'With style, verve and grace, Wang brings a new perspective to stories about family and community. Both modern and innovative, her stories surprise and challenge in wonderful, wonderful ways."— Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

“Excellent… Wang boldly explores what it means to be a Chinese millennial and seamlessly captures the longing of an emerging generation.” — Booklist

“Vast in scope and ridiculously accomplished, Home Remedies captures the rapidity and dislocation of our modern world. Underneath it all is a tender yearning for belonging, self-possession and connection. Xuan Juliana Wang is singing an incredibly complex song of hybridity and heart.” — Justin Torres, author of We, the Animals

“Tasty little bits of perfection. One of the great debuts of the year.” — Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Xuan Juliana Wang was born in Heilongjiang, China, and moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow from Stanford University, and received her MFA from Columbia University. The long list of literary awards and honors to her name includes fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Bread Loaf, as well as a Pushcart Prize. In her twenties, Juliana lived in Beijing and worked as a Chinese-English translator and fixer during the 2008 Olympics, an experience that informed and inspired many of these stories. She recently moved out of a 270-square-foot-apartment in Chinatown Manhattan, and is now back in California, where she teaches at UCLA.

Photo by Ye Rin Mok

Justin Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Justin's novel We the Animals has been translated into fifteen languages and was recently adapted into a film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. The National Book Foundation named him one of the 2012's 5 under 35. He was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Assistant Professor of English at UCLA.

Event date: 
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9781984822741
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Published: Hogarth - May 14th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780547844190
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