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Gish Jen

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in Long Island, New York, The United States
August 12, 1955

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Gish Jen grew up in New York, where she spoke more Yiddish than Chinese. She has been featured in a PBS American Masters program on the American novel. Her distinctions also include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, and a Radcliffe Institute fellowship. She was awarded a Lannan Literary Prize in 1999 and received a Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, she has published in the New Yorker and other magazines.

John Updike selected a story of Jen's for The Best American Short Stories of The Century. Her newest book, Tiger Writing, is based on the Massey Lectures in th
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Boston Indie Bookstore summer recs

Delighted to see TIGER WRITING on the Boston Indie Bookseller summer reading list! Lot of other great ideas as well.

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I liked this a lot more than the reviewers did. Sure Jamaica is over the top hard on her ex, but she's over the top hard on herself, too. No, this isn't her best book, but she is funny and heartbreaking here and, as always, sui generis.
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What with my kids almost grown, I thought myself past the need for parenting books. This book, though, is about much more than parenting. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone interested in culture and cultural difference -- in the making of ...more
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“A man was the sum of his limits; freedom only made him see how much so.”
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“He was not what he made up his mind to be. A man was the sum of his limits: freedom only made him see how much so. America was no America.”
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“One left; things shifted in one's absence; one returned to something else. Time frustrated all. There was no sneaking past its rough guard, even to get to one's own yard of intimacies.”
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