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Lillian Li

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Lillian Li is a graduate from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, where she received her MFA in fiction. Her first novel is forthcoming from Henry Holt (Macmillan) in 2018. Her work has appeared in Granta, Guernica, Glimmer Train, and Jezebel. She writes for the Michigan Quarterly Review. Currently, she lives in Ann Arbor, teaching at the University of Michigan, and slinging books at Literati Bookstore. Visit her website for more info.

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Number One Chinese Restaurant

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Blue Jay

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Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Trust Exercise
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If you aren’t already a fan of Choi's psychological mastery, intricate sentences, and acerbic wit, you will be after this book! Divided into three parts, Choi's novel takes us on a breakneck journey through the adolescent swamp of CAPA, a performing ...more
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The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
The Incendiaries
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Simultaneously glittering and hazy, transcendent and soul-dropping, R.O. Kwon's The Incendiaries is an experience I am delightfully mesmerized by. Each sentence has a diamond-cut quality to it, fashioned with precision that feels effortless. Paragrap ...more
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A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
A River of Stars
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I had a very hard time putting down Vanessa Hua's propulsive, funny, and knowing debut. I kept trying to put my finger on why. Was it the simultaneous strength and vulnerabilities of her characters? The savvy of independent Scarlett, the charismatic ...more
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree made me cry at the airport. Until the moment my eyes filled with tears, though, I was impressed by so much else. For one, the small kingdom of women Conterars builds, with violence always threatening to snake in, all seen th ...more
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree made me cry at the airport. Until the moment my eyes filled with tears, though, I was impressed by so much else. For one, the small kingdom of women Conterars builds, with violence always threatening to snake in, all seen th ...more
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Sourdough by Robin Sloan
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Sourdough is the deeply charming story of Lois Clary, a software engineer who goes from a lonely, anxious wreck who subsists on a nutrient-rich drink called Slurry, to a curious, ambitious baker who turns out a sourdough bread that is as delicious as ...more
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Little Fish by Casey Plett
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I've also been reeling over Little Fish and it's been almost a month since I finished reading it. Plett is a writer we don't deserve, one who can write into the nooks and crannies of any feeling you can imagine, and some you can't. Little Fish follow ...more
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Rubik by Elizabeth Tan
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If you love trippy, experimental ruminations on the intersections of technology and the human condition, read Rubik. A connected short story collection, it's so smart, so inventive, and so emotionally resonant it'll flabbergast you. Every story stack ...more
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“They were all friends, if one defined friendship as the natural occurrence between people who, after colliding for decades, have finally eroded enough to fit together.”
Lillian Li, Number One Chinese Restaurant

“Americans. They believed a strong marriage came from knowing their partner’s every shadowy thought. But it was knowing too much that killed love. A strong marriage came when the wedded stopped trying to plumb their partner’s depths. Life became easier when one passed the years with an amiable stranger and not a mirror that reflected back all of one’s flaws. Marriages were torn apart by empathy; to look into her eyes and find pity was to discover what she pitied in the first place. Intimacy was not to know but to wonder. Eyes that searched in their staring were the hallmark of every lover’s gaze. And if the search was lazy, unstructured—a slow, easy stroll rather than a rush to the finish—then in this stretch of time, forever might comfortably rest.”
Lillian Li, Number One Chinese Restaurant

“She had a personality that did not inspire people to be better but persuaded them to be comfortable at their worst.”
Lillian Li, Number One Chinese Restaurant

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