Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China and moved to the United States in 1996. She received an MFA from Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review,and elsewhere. She has received a Whiting Writers' Award and was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. She was recently selected as one of Granta's 21 Best of Young American Novelists. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons, and teaches at University of California, Davis.




Sandra Viviana Chisaca Leivahas quoted3 months ago
Where else can one turn to but nature if one needs endless details to sustain oneself, I thought. Nature is not small, I said.

You weren’t that interested in it.
Sandra Viviana Chisaca Leivahas quoted3 months ago
occurred to me that he was indeed unable to see the physical world where I was. The leaves and the leaf-clearing rituals were abstract to him—he had not lived, since age three, in a place where leaves fell so profusely in one season. What else, which would have been merely new, became otherworldly to him?
Sandra Viviana Chisaca Leivahas quoted3 months ago
Fear doesn’t speak reason or logic, I said.

Phobia is irrational, he said. You can be reasonable and logical in your fears
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