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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“Expands the future of the immigrant novel.” – Gish Jen, New York Times Book Review “Spectacular and emotionally polyphonic…That Jin has managed to craft such an intimate, emotionally complex story is an awesome achievement. That she managed to do it in her debut novel, doubly so.” – Omar El Akkad, BookPage (starred review) 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. Seventeen years later, Su Lan’s daughter, Liya, brings her mother’s ashes to China, along with the silences and contradictions of Su Lan’s life. 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 history 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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Summary

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

“Expands the future of the immigrant novel.” – Gish Jen, New York Times Book Review

“Spectacular and emotionally polyphonic…That Jin has managed to craft such an intimate, emotionally complex story is an awesome achievement. That she managed to do it in her debut novel, doubly so.” – Omar El Akkad, BookPage (starred review)

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.

Seventeen years later, Su Lan’s daughter, Liya, brings her mother’s ashes to China, along with the silences and contradictions of Su Lan’s life. 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 history 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

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