Little Gods by Meng Jin audiobook

Little Gods: A Novel

By Meng Jin
Read by François Chau , Karen Huie , and  Emily Woo Zeller

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062935953
9.03 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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“Meng Jin is a writer whose sweep is as intimate as it is global. Little Gods is a novel about the heart-wracking ways in which we move through history and time. A fierce and intelligent debut from a writer with longitude and latitude embedded in her vision.” —Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin Combining the emotional resonance of Home Fire with the ambition and innovation of Asymmetry, a lyrical and thought-provoking debut novel that explores the complex web of grief, memory, time, physics, history, and selfhood in the immigrant experience, and the complicated bond between daughters and mothers. On the night of June Fourth, a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of time.  When Su Lan dies unexpectedly seventeen years later, it is her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life. Liya, who grew up in America, takes her mother’s ashes to China—to her, an unknown country. In a territory inhabited by the ghosts of the living and the dead, Liya’s memories are joined by those of two others: Zhu Wen, the woman last to know Su Lan before she left China, and Yongzong, the father Liya has never known. In this way a portrait of Su Lan emerges: an ambitious scientist, an ambivalent mother, and a woman whose relationship to her own past shapes and ultimately unmakes Liya’s own sense of displacement. A story of migrations literal and emotional,  spanning time, space and class, Little Gods is a sharp yet expansive exploration of the aftermath of unfulfilled dreams, an immigrant story in negative that grapples with our tenuous connections to memory, history, and self.

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A Time Magazine Pick for Winter

A USA Today Pick

A Vogue Pick for Winter Reading

An Electric Literature for Winter

A Pop Sugar Pick of Winter Books

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

“Meng Jin is a writer whose sweep is as intimate as it is global. Little Gods is a novel about the heart-wracking ways in which we move through history and time. A fierce and intelligent debut from a writer with longitude and latitude embedded in her vision.” —Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin

Combining the emotional resonance of Home Fire with the ambition and innovation of Asymmetry, a lyrical and thought-provoking debut novel that explores the complex web of grief, memory, time, physics, history, and selfhood in the immigrant experience, and the complicated bond between daughters and mothers.

On the night of June Fourth, a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of time. 

When Su Lan dies unexpectedly seventeen years later, it is her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life. Liya, who grew up in America, takes her mother’s ashes to China—to her, an unknown country. In a territory inhabited by the ghosts of the living and the dead, Liya’s memories are joined by those of two others: Zhu Wen, the woman last to know Su Lan before she left China, and Yongzong, the father Liya has never known. In this way a portrait of Su Lan emerges: an ambitious scientist, an ambivalent mother, and a woman whose relationship to her own past shapes and ultimately unmakes Liya’s own sense of displacement.

A story of migrations literal and emotional,  spanning time, space and class, Little Gods is a sharp yet expansive exploration of the aftermath of unfulfilled dreams, an immigrant story in negative that grapples with our tenuous connections to memory, history, and self.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fierce and intelligent debut from a writer with longitude and latitude embedded in her vision.” Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author
“Crossing continents and spanning decades, Meng Jin’s intimate, emotionally complex debut novel is an awesome achievement.” BookPage (starred review)
“Skillfully revealed, exquisitely rendered.” Booklist (starred review)
“Artfully composed and emotionally searing, Jin’s debut about lost girls, bottomless ambition, and the myriad ways family members can hurt and betray one another is gripping from beginning to end…Beautiful, intensely moving.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“While the love triangle is interesting, perhaps most compelling is the story of one woman’s single-minded pursuit of her ambition.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Meng Jin

Author Bio: Meng Jin

Meng Jin, author of the novel Little Gods, was born in Shanghai and lives in San Francisco. A Kundiman Fellow, she is a graduate of Harvard and Hunter College.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English