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Home Remedies

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In twelve stunning stories of love, family, and identity, Xuan Juliana Wang’s debut collection captures the unheard voices of an emerging generation. Young, reckless, and catapulted toward uncertain futures, here is the new face of Chinese youth on a quest for every kind of freedom.

From a crowded apartment on Mott Street, where an immigrant family raises its first real Ame
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Hogarth
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A strong debut collection of short stories. Billed as being specifically about the Chinese millennial experience, but in fact it's rather broader than that; there's nothing about 'unconventional sex lives' or 'fantastic technologies' in here either. (That blurb is weird.) The 12 stories are sorted into three sections: 'Family', 'Love', and 'Time and Space'. One of the most exciting things about this collection is its variety of voices and tones, the sense that each new story represents a complet ...more
Megan Tristao
Jan 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Megan by: Electric Lit: 48 Books By Women and Nonbinary Authors of Color to Read in 2019
Called a “radiant new talent” by Lauren Groff, Xuan Juliana Wang has written a debut collection about Chinese millennials. Weike Wang says these stories “surprise and challenge in wonderful, wonderful ways.” - Electric Lit
Lolly K Dandeneau
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'It’s what Taoyu wanted, to disappear from Hai’s life completely, to leave a wound that would ache. That was the only way they could be equals.'

Home Remedies is a gorgeous collection of stories about Chinese immigration, family structure, love, sex and the privilege of choices. The future for each character is never certain, and splits open guiding them to places they never imagined they would be. Home, some make their way in American life with
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite sensations as a reader is stumbling across something perfect and unexpected, something you weren't looking for and never knew you needed, and you come away feeling richer for the experience. Home Remedies does that, repeatedly, with each strange little slice of life feeling like a concentrated burst of observation, a window into a truly strange stranger's head, rendering a consistently alien experience somehow relatable, while your brain marinates in a stew of subtle details t ...more
Paris (parisperusing)
"Taoyu sent Hai's name echoing in the halls of the dormitory. … he ran … to him at full speed. He needed something that only Hai could give him. He knew it was love. Only Hai could replace his wasted heart with his own." — "Vaulting the Sea," Xuan Juliana Wang

Wang wields the raw, cathartic quality of a storyteller who can render her readers to tears with no effort at all. A reader like me, especially, who sobbed in the corner of a coffee shop as I pored over these characters and the bottomless d
Rhiannon Johnson
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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**I was given an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Let me cut to the chase...I've added Wang to my "auto-buy" authors list. If this is her debut, I can only imagine what else is to come...and I'm excited for it! Her ability to create layers of depth in each short story and characters who are complex, ambitious, and achingly unsure of themselves had me tearing through thi
Vivek Tejuja
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is so tricky to start reading a short story collection. You think: Will I like all the stories? Will I like some stories at least? Will it be the same as reading a novel? What if I want some stories to last longer? That will not happen. Should I then read a short story collection at all? There will always be such thoughts, doubts, and apprehensions one might have before starting a short story collection and yet when you do and the reading is so rewarding, you want everyone else to read the bo ...more
Elena L.
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
HOME REMEDIES is a collection of twelve short stories that center around the new generation of Chinese youth.

The writing is easy and being a Chinese/Taiwanese descendant, I could particularly relate to the Chinese expressions and slang. In addition, the immigrant family's stories also spoke to me and brought to my heart a nostalgic/familiar feeling of home and identity.

These stories explore topics such as love, family, identity and immigration. While they showed me multiple perspectives of a Ch
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Home Remedies is a beautifully written collection of short stories set in both China and the United States. I really enjoyed all of the stories, but my favorites included a story about a young woman becoming a fashion icon after taking a dead girl's clothes, one about a high diver secretly in love with his diving partner, and another in which a young man in New York picks up an actress at the airport as a favor only to have her usurp his life (or at least his living arrangements). Wang explores ...more
James Beggarly
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exciting debut of stories showing a variety of Chinese men and women as they come of age in various cities in America and Beijing. Very interested to see what she comes up with next.
Brenda Scanzillo
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Home Remedies is a beautiful collection of short stories capturing the millennial Chinese experience both in China and in the US. I loved every story in this book. One of my favorites was Future Cat, in which a woman in San Francisco, lonely while her husband works all the time and reliving memories of a lost love from her past, experiments with the abilities of her new “Wine Ager” to affect more than wine. In another favorite, The Strawberry Years, Yang does a favor for a young actress visiting ...more
Sachi Argabright
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
HOME REMEDIES is a collection of short stories featuring Chinese and Chinese American life. From a pair of Olympic synchronized divers in China to a NY father using algorithm logic to help him raise his daughter - this collection has a wide array of stories to offer.

I have very mixed feelings about this collection. While some stories are heartwarming, others felt very cold and distant. I was also surprised to find that almost all of the 12 stories were centered around male protagonists. Since th
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The stories in Home Remedies were so enjoyable. This is the type of book you want to read and enjoy slowly, and really take in. Xuan Juliana Wang does a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life. As an Asian American, I felt these stories were so real and relatable. The writing and storytelling is so good though that I think anybody would enjoy this.

Such a refreshing piece!! I read so many rave reviews about the author from editorial sources and I truly hope the she will publish more books
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Many thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me this interesting good reads give away. Xuan Juliana Wang is a first rate story teller and author. Her short story collection hits tragedy, empathy and humor. Looking forward to more of her writing.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a well written and nuanced short story debut loosely focused on Chinese millennials. The stories were about equally hit or miss for me — some were excellent and some didn’t work for me at all.
Carly Thompson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strong short stories about family, love, duty, and Chinese identity. Some of the stories had a bit of the surreal about them.
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May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang is a beautiful collection of short stories about a generation of Chinese.
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