The Sorrows of Others

Honoree, 5 Under 35 2023

ISBN 9781736370964
A Public Space
Ada Zhang. (Photo credit: Chloe Chang) author photo
Ada Zhang

Ada Zhang is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in A Public Space, McSweeney's, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. More about this author >

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A virtuosic debut exploring personhood, place, loneliness, love, and home.

These ten stories about lives young and old, in China and America, in the generations after the Cultural Revolution, will captivate readers with the depth of their insights and Ada Zhang’s incisive, luminescent prose. The Sorrows of Others is a dazzling collection about people confronted with being outsiders–as immigrants, as revolutionaries, and even, often, within their own families. The stories ask what happens when we leave home, and what happens when we stay? What selves do we meet and shed in the process of becoming?