Home Remedies (Hardcover)

Stories

By Xuan Juliana Wang

Hogarth, 9781984822741, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

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NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY NYLON, ELECTRIC LITERATURE, THE MILLIONS AND LITHUB

"Artful, funny, generous and empathetic… Xuan Julian Wang is a radiant new talent.”
—LAUREN GROFF

The twelve stories in Xuan Juliana Wang’s remarkable debut collection capture the unheard voices of a new generation of Chinese youth. A generation for whom the Cultural Revolution is a distant memory, WeChat is king and life glitters with the possibility of love, travel, technology, and, above all, new identities.
 
Whether at home or abroad, her stories catch their characters at the threshold of bold and uncertain futures, navigating between their cultural heritage and the chaos of contemporary life. In a crowded apartment on Mott Street, an immigrant family raises its first real Americans. At the Beijing Olympics, a pair of synchronized divers stand poised at the edge of success and self-discovery. And on a snowless New York evening, a father creates an algorithm to troubleshoot the problem of raising a daughter across an ever-widening gulf of cultures and generations.
 
From fuerdai (‘second-generation-rich’ kids) and livestream stars to a glass-swallowing qigong grandmaster, these stories upend the well-worn path of the immigrant experience to reveal a new face of belonging: of young people testing the limits of who they are and who they will one day become, in a world as vast and various as their ambitions.
 
In dexterous, electric prose, Xuan Juliana Wang’s stories reveal a dazzling imagination and announce the arrival of a beguiling new voice in American fiction.


About the Author

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 at Stanford University and received her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She lives in California.


Praise For Home Remedies: Stories

"Artful, funny, generous and empathetic… a radiant new talent.' —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

"These dazzling stories interrogate 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

“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

"With style, verve and grace, Wang’s stories surprise and challenge in wonderful ways.
" — Weike Wang, author of Chemistry
 
"Tasty little bits of perfection. One of the great debuts of the year." —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

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

'Wang’s formidable imagination is on full display in this wide-ranging debut collection about modern Chinese youth. Wang proves herself a promising writer with a delightfully playful voice and an uncanny ability to evoke empathy, nostalgia, and wonder.' —Publisher's Weekly

“Wang's stories are spare and haunting, with endings that leave characters just as unsettled as their beginnings… it fully embraces Wang's love of the uncanny as a way to parse generational misunderstanding or the surreality of contemporary life. A sharp and poignant collection.” —Kirkus