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 but after age seven, did most of her growing up in Los Angeles. Her short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Narrative, Gigantic, The Brooklyn Rail and has been included in The Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016. Juliana has a MFA from Columbia University, was a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and has received fellowships and awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Cite des Arts International, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is a fiction editor at Fence, and has taught writing for Stanford University Continuing Studies and the Summer Literary Seminars in Georgia.
'Tasty little bits of perfection. One of the great debuts of the year.'
Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
'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
'The dozen stories in this dazzling and unclassifiable collection 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. Trust these stories to show you the way.'
Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master's Son
'The sixteen 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 *