Tag Archives: Yiyun Li

Anthony Doerr Wins the 2010 Story Prize

Last night’s award event for The Story Prize couldn’t have been less of a sure thing, which made for an exciting contest and some very good readings and discussion. Anthony Doerr’s Memory Wall, Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, and Suzanne Rivecca’s Death Is Not an Option were strong contenders with clear, singular voices—if it’s […]


Story Prize Finalist (2010) – Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

Yiyun Li has said on several occasions that she doesn’t consider herself a political writer. But Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, the second of The Story Prize finalists we’re looking at this month, stretches the definition just a bit. This collection, her third published work, offers a strong rendering of a particular place and time without […]


Author Update: Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li has been named one of twenty-three MacArthur Fellows for 2010. She is the author of two short-story collections — A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl — and a novel, The Vagrants. She was cited as being: … a fiction writer whose spare and quietly understated style of storytelling […]


New Yorker fiction (Aug 30) – “The Science of Flight”

In this quietly grim story, I found reminders of people I’ve known who resembled its protagonist in being self-effacing and acquiescent individuals. Over the years she had become accustomed to who she was in other people’s eyes: she knew she would be considered a loser by her Chinese acquaintances in America, a divorced woman toiling […]