Little Gods – Meng Jin


Jin’s richly textured, unsparing writing questions whether a self can exist unmarked by the past ― New Yorker

It’s a page-turner – but all the while it winks, reminding us that possible explanations in our universe are as varied as the beings who populate it ― Paris Review

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On the night of the Tiananmen Square massacre, a woman gives birth alone in a Beijing hospital. Years later, her daughter Liya travels from America to China with her mother’s ashes, hoping to unravel the legacy of silences and contradictions that she inherited from that night.

As Liya seeks to untangle the mystery of her family, we travel through Shanghai and Beijing, and deep into the past, uncovering an unexpected love triangle whose repercussions are felt in the present moment.

Ambitious, yet intimate, Little Gods is a gripping story of migrations both literal and emotional and of the tragic impact of history on personal lives.

About the Author

Meng Jin’s narrative prose has appeared in the Threepenny ReviewPloughshares, the Bare Life ReviewVogue, and is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2020. A Kundiman Fellow, she has an MFA from Hunter College, and received the David TK Wong Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. Jin was born in Shanghai and has lived in the UK and the US.


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