Transoceanic Lights

Honoree, 5 Under 35 2016

Transoceanic Lights by S. Li book cover
ISBN 9781941861998
Harvard Square Editions
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S. Li

S. Li was born in Guangzhou, China in 1984 and moved to the US in 1989. He graduated with an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard in 2006 and an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 2010. More about this author >

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Transoceanic Lights tells of three families who immigrate to the US from post-Mao China. The unnamed narrator’s overbearing mother is plagued with regret as financial burdens and lack of trust begin to rend apart her marriage. Her only solace lies in the distant promise of better lives for her children. Yet her son spends his days longing for the comfort and familiarity of his homeland, while his two cousins, one precocious and the other rambunctious, seem to assimilate effortlessly. Transoceanic Lights explores familial love and discord, the strains of displacement, and the elusive nature of the American Dream.


S. Li reads from Transoceanic Lights, 2016 5 Under 35 Celebration

5 Under 35 Celebration, 2016, Author Panel Discussion