Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories
A novel-in-stories, Thank You, Mr. Nixon takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people.
Beginning with a cheery letter penned by a Chinese girl in heaven to “poor Mr. Nixon” in hell, Gish Jen embarks on a fictional journey through U.S.-China relations, capturing the excitement of a world on the brink of tectonic change.
Opal Chen reunites with her Chinese sisters after forty years; newly cosmopolitan Lulu Koo wonders why Americans “like to walk around in the woods with the mosquitoes”; and Hong Kong parents go to extreme lengths to reestablish contact with their “number-one daughter” in New York.
With their profound compassion and equally profound humor, these stories trace the intimate ways in which humans make and are made by history. Delightful, provocative, and powerful, Thank You, Mr. Nixon captures an extraordinary era in an extraordinary way. A book only Gish Jen could write, it furnishes yet more proof of her eminent place among American storytellers.
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