Lost in the Long March


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Harry N. Abrams
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6.2 X 8.6 X 1.8 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Michael X. Wang was born in Fenyang, a small coal-mining city in China's mountainous Shanxi province. His short story collection, Further News of Defeat, won the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection and was a finalist for the 2021 CLMP Firecracker Award for Fiction. Wang immigrated to the United States when he was six and has lived in 10 states and 15 cities. In 2010 he completed his PhD in literature at Florida State University. Before that, he received his MFA in fiction at Purdue. Wang's work has appeared in the New England Review, Greensboro Review, Day One, and Juked, among others. He is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Arkansas Tech University and lives in Russellville, Arkansas.


"An epic, multi-generational novel set during The Long March about two people caught in the crosshairs of war . . . A sweeping tale of country, family, and war that is rich with well-researched historical detail."
"Wang's thoughtful and richly detailed debut novel . . . follows several characters swept up in Mao Zedong's Communist uprising in the 1930s . . . Wang does a great job showing how the bit players in this large-scale historical drama come to grips with the turbulent period and struggle to survive. Thanks to the colorful characters, Wang's saga is consistently engaging."
--Publishers Weekly
"This book is an awesome achievement. Michael X. Wang has covered nearly half a century of Chinese history and managed to express not only what was achieved, but also what was lost . . . Lost in the Long March, through remade countries and vaporized donkeys, in a magisterially spare way, offers precious insight into the mind of a woman, on battlefields and remote mountains, as she wonders whether she should be a mother or a Marxist. The natal cliche has been turned inside out and elevated into high artistic, political interiority--in other words, the thing that comes after the history books."--Full Stop Magazine
"Love, loss, and sacrifice are at the center of Michael X. Wang's historical novel . . . Lost in the Long March is a story about lingering trauma and the price that's paid when ideology trumps love."
--Foreword Reviews
"This epic novel is set during the Long March in 1930s China. Wang, who won the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection for his debut short story collection, translates his story crafting skills throughout this novel with great success."
"Wang's powerful storytelling . . . makes for a promising debut."
--Asian Review of Books