Home Remedies: Stories



"An urgent and necessary literary voice."--Alexander Chee, Electric Literature
"Tough, luminous stories."--The New York Times Book Review


Xuan Juliana Wang's remarkable debut introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth. From fuerdai (second-generation rich kids) to a glass-swallowing qigong grandmaster, her dazzling, formally inventive stories upend the immigrant narrative to reveal a new experience of belonging: of young people testing the limits of who they are, in a world as vast and varied as their ambitions.

In stories of love, family, and friendship, here are the voices, faces and stories of a new generation never before captured between the pages in fiction. What sets them apart is Juliana Wang's surprising imagination, able to capture the innermost thoughts of her characters with astonishing empathy, as well as the contradictions of the modern immigrant experience in a way that feels almost universal. Home Remedies is, in the words of Alexander Chee, "the arrival of an urgent and necessary literary voice we've been needing, waiting for maybe, without knowing."


"A radiant new talent."--Lauren Groff

"These dazzling stories interrogate the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial."--Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master's Son

"Home Remedies doesn't read like a first collection; like Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, the twelve stories here announce the arrival of an exciting, electric new voice."--Financial Times

"Stylistically ambitious in a way rarely seen in prose fiction . . . Writing like this will never stop enlightening us. [Wang's] voice comes to us from the edge of a new world."--Los Angeles Review of Books

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Hogarth Press
Publish Date
May 14, 2019
5.8 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Xuan Juliana Wang was born in Heilongjiang, China, and moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. A Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her debut collection of short stories, Home Remedies, was published in 2019 and hailed as the arrival of 'an urgent and necessary literary voice' by Alexander Chee, and 'tough and luminous' by The New York Times Book Review. Home Remedies was named as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2019 by Nylon, Electric Literature, The Millions, and LitHub, and one of the Best Books of the Season by Elle, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, and New York Observer. She currently teaches creative writing at UCLA.


"A must-read literary force with . . . debut collection of stories that brings to life characters from the Chinese diaspora. . . . Each one underscores the imaginative and compelling mind of this fresh new voice."--The Daily Beast, "The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019"

"Remarkable . . . Wang captures the strivings and uncertainty of Chinese youth establishing themselves in America and beyond. . . . [A] deft, striking debut."--New York Observer, "Spring 2019 Must-Read Books"

"Tough, luminous stories about destiny, fealty, belonging and heartbreak . . . Wang unpacks unwieldy relationships with a light touch, slicing cleanly through the intricacies to render them instantly familiar. . . . Wang's writing is sensory, cinematic and fluid."--The New York Times Book Review

"Spectacular . . . Wang has cherry-picked from disparate worlds and engineered a whole new, sublimely captivating one."--Vogue

"Filled with characters who mirror the chaos and anxiety, exhilaration and despair, desire and fear of the world around them, Home Remedies offers searing portraits of millennial Chinese immigrants. . . . Wang's shimmering words offer proof that even the most mundane of these lives have the potential to become something extraordinary. . . . A great, explosive talent."--Nylon, "Best New Books of May"

"Superb . . . a perfect book to dip into this summer. Fresh, clever, and shouldn't be missed."--Publishers Weekly, "Top 10 Summer Reads"

"Artful, funny, generous and empathetic . . . a radiant new talent."--Lauren Groff

"These dazzling stories interrogate the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial."--Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master's Son

"Vast in scope and ridiculously accomplished... Xuan Juliana Wang is singing an incredibly complex song of hybridity and heart."--Justin Torres, author of We, the Animals

"With style, verve and grace, Wang's stories surprise and challenge in wonderful ways."--Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

"Tasty little bits of perfection. One of the great debuts of the year."--Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

"This delightful debut collection of twelve stories should land on multiple must-read lists. Wang has captured the spirit and energy of contemporary Chinese youth. . . . [Her] stories are funny, generous, and surprising as they introduce a youthful demographic that is growing worldwide. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Wang's stories are spare and haunting, with endings that leave characters just as unsettled as their beginnings. . . . It fully embraces Wang's love of the uncanny as a way to parse generational misunderstanding or the surreality of contemporary life. A sharp and poignant collection."--Kirkus Reviews

'A beautiful arrangement of narratives that moves from the mundane pressures of family life to the stranger fantasies of domestic science fiction.' --Alta magazine