Hao: Stories

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About the Author
YE CHUN is a bilingual Chinese American writer and literary translator. She has published two books of poetry, Travel Over Water and Lantern Puzzle; a novel in Chinese,《海上的桃树》(Peach Tree in the Sea); and four volumes of translations. A recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and three Pushcart Prizes, she teaches at Providence College and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Poetic . . . [Ye's] characters' relentless perseverance in the face of immigration, racism and sexism comes from an inner strength as strong as the bond between mother and child. --Katherine Ouellette, WBUR

All of these sensitive tales amplify voices that have often been silenced . . . These battles are fought with pens, stick figures, tender drawings on a child's back; silent screams are in the background. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Tender and skillful . . . Reveals via bold and spare prose how characters grasp onto language as a means of belonging. --Publishers Weekly

Ye Chun captures the complexities of human emotion with a fine chisel and poet's eye, moving deftly between themes of motherhood, loss and migration. Hao is a richly imagined, satisfying collection, one that invites you to stay, to linger and be moved. --Te-Ping Chen, author of Land of Big Numbers

These beautiful, profound stories are love songs to a daughter, tirades against an unjust world, and, above all, radiant meditations on Chinese history and language. Each story builds on the last with brilliance, power, and page-turning racing energy. Surely this book will be among the best story collections of the year. --Deb Olin Unferth, author of Barn 8

That language must be used precisely to have power feels both obvious and too often overlooked, but in Ye Chun's Hao, we're shown not only the continually precise and gorgeous renderings of words and phrases, but the power this can have to conjure specific ways of being, to argue against so many silent violences, and to feel like its own type of taking care. Each of these stories is an individual world brought to life fully by the particularity of its language, by Ye's extraordinarily far-reaching and deeply felt imagination, combined with her consistently stunning acuity and control. --Lynn Steger Strong, author of Want

Few books capture the raw terror and exultation of motherhood, and of the implications of language itself, so gorgeously as this one. To say that Hao moved me doesn't feel like enough: I felt changed on the other side of these magnificent stories. Hao is pure triumph. --Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson

Hao is an unsettling, hypnotic collection spanning centuries, in which language and children act simultaneously as tethers and casting lines, the reasons and the tools for moving forward after trauma. You'll come away from this beautiful book changed. --Julia Fine, author of The Upstairs House

Through everything the women in these stories confront--oppressive regimes, immigrant struggles, infertility, the pain of motherhood--the beauty of Ye Chun's writing lifts them up. From loneliness and devastation, this exquisite collection fashions a tribute to human resilience and the solace of language. --Polly Rosenwaike, author of Look How Happy I'm Making You