We Two Alone: Stories
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About the Author
Jack Wang received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University. For the 2014 academic year, he held the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. His work has appeared in Prism International, the Malahat Review, the New Quarterly, the Humber Literary Review, and Joyland. Originally from Vancouver, Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he lives with his wife, the novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters.
Wang has the distinct skill of evoking time and place, many eras, many places, and putting his characters, and the reader in them. For this, for his erudition, for his poetic prose, readers of short fiction should search out any short story he writes.--New York Journal of Books
These moving stories are both global and intimate as they span the continents where the Chinese diaspora has settled. With ingenuity and impeccable craft, Jack Wang gives us an utterly remarkable collection that zeroes in on the emotional texture of utterly unique lives." --Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer
"Jack Wang's dazzling first collection of stories, We Two Alone, moves through decades and across continents with rare ease, telling not the story but some of the many stories of the Chinese diaspora in the last century. These stories are so elegantly shaped, so satisfying as individual stories, that their collective power sneaks up on you. There is a quiet and building intensity to the storytelling here, a commitment to chronicling -- with deep compassion and a refusal of easy answers -- the dignity of human experience against the broader indignities of history. I was moved, heartbroken, and thrilled."--Emily Fridlund, author of the Booker Prize finalist History of Wolves
"This impressive and vibrant collection of stories takes the reader by the hand, leading us across the world and back in time. But they're all unified by the gentle sensitivity of Jack Wang's prose and his ability to inhabit characters who long for freedom, connection, and fulfillment. Deeply humane and beautifully wrought, these stories stay in the heart and the mind."--Alix Ohlin, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists Dual Citizens and Inside
"Jack Wang's We Two Alone is not only a penetrating examination of the Chinese diaspora, it also brilliantly renders its subject in the most deeply resonant universal way, as the yearning for personal identity that drives us all in our shared humanity. This is a remarkable collection of stories, a remarkable work of art."
--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
"A brilliant and ambitious vision of a hundred years of solitude: the Chinese diaspora navigated with courage, cleverness, and grace...As Frank O'Connor said, in the best short stories we find 'an intense awareness of human loneliness.' But these characters cross continents and oceans to free themselves from history and from their own 'tiny flames, ' seeking peace, work, adventure, fame, and, above all, love. This is a delicately wrought and deeply moving book from an exceptional new voice." --Eleanor Henderson, author of The Twelve-Mile Straight and Ten Thousand Saints