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Yiyun Li


China (b.1972)

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. She has received fellowships and awards from Lannan Foundation and Whiting Foundation. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. Her novel, The Vagrants, won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction, and was shortlisted for Dublin IMPAC Award. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, her second collection, was a finalist of Story Prize and shortlisted for Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. MacArthur Foundation named her a 2010 fellow. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons, and teaches at University of California, Davis.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction
 
New and upcoming books
Novels
   The Vagrants (2009)
   Kinder Than Solitude (2014)
   Where Reasons End (2019)
   Must I Go (2020)
   The Book of Goose (2022)
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Collections
   A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2005)
   Gold Boy, Emerald Girl (2010)
   Stories Upon Stories (2016) (with others)
   Southword 36 (2019) (with others)
   Reverse Engineering II (2022) (with others)
   Wednesday's Child (2023)
   A Cage Went in Search of a Bird (2024) (with others)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   A Sheltered Woman (2015)
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Series contributed to
Elsewhere
   1. Here (2012) (with others)
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Yiyun Li recommends
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This Strange Eventful History (2024)
Claire Messud
"Messud is a magnificent storyteller, and the novel, an all-encompassing history of many human hearts and any human heart, will linger and haunt us as the best and the most heartbreaking memory."
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Daybreak (2024)
Matt Gallagher
"Matt Gallagher has written an important and timely novel, which works as a powerful testimonial to Ezra Pound's statement that literature is news that remains news. Daybreak is history and memory at its most raw, intimate, and brilliant, and is a book to be widely read and discussed."
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Ilium (2024)
Lea Carpenter
"Sharp and riveting, Ilium is a literary novel that reads like a psychological thriller. As a masterful and beguiling storyteller, Lea Carpenter is the perfect guide for this journey to a secret place of intrigue and betrayals."

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Anthologies containing stories by Yiyun Li
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Loss (2013)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop
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Love (2012)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop
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The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Alice Sebold
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The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Katrina Kenison and Ann Patchett

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