World and Town: A Novel

The author of Typical American and The Love Wife returns with a novel about a 50-year-old Chinese-American, Hattie Kong, who has lost both her husband and her closest friend to cancer. She moves to a small New England town and—as Gish Jen's rich prose and generosity of understanding describe Hattie and her varied neighbors—discovers a new world as absorbing and satisfying for her as it is for Jen's readers.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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