My Old Faithful

Yang Huang (Author)


Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage. Richly textured narratives from the mother, the father, the son, and the daughters play out against the backdrop of China's social and economic change.

With quiet humor and sharp insight into the ordinary, Yang Huang writes of a father who spanks his son out of love, a brother who betrays his sister, and a woman who returns to China after many years to find her country changed in ways both expected and startling.

Product Details

University of Massachusetts Press
Publish Date
February 02, 2018
5.5 X 0.5 X 8.4 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Yang Huang grew up in China's Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essay and short stories have appeared in The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, and Nuvein. She lives in the Bay Area and works for the University of California, Berkeley.


Yang Huang's collection of linked stories traversing 30 years of time between China and America makes a bold statement with sparse yet subtly beautiful prose and contemporary Chinese characters... It's the author's strong narrative voice that propels this tightly crafted array of quotidian sorrows and joys -- and what makes this book feel in some ways like a novel-in-stories rather than a more traditional collection.

--Washington Independent Review of Books

Yang Huang's new collection of 10 linked stories is set in China and the United States over three decades... the results yield a rich contemporary narrative of family dynamics and social upheaval.

--San Jose Mercury News

"My Old Faithful," zooms readers straight into the minds and hearts of each member of a middle-class family in a struggling, censored, restricted China -- from the 1970s, when the children are small, to their young adulthoods, and their parents' 30th wedding anniversary... Huang's background -- growing up in China's Jiangsu province -- so richly informs this moving collection, we feel ourselves becoming each protagonist in the course of each story.

--San Francisco Chronicle