On Fragile Waves

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Erewhon Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
E. Lily Yu is the author of the novel On Fragile Waves, which won the Washington State Book Award. She received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012. Her stories have appeared in venues from McSweeney's to Tor.com, as well as thirteen best-of-the-year anthologies, and have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. You can find her at elilyyu.com.
★ "In flowing, lyrical prose, Yu showcases the power of folklore and the pain of displacement. This is a knockout." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "On Fragile Waves is a lyrical fabulist novel that will enchant readers of both literary fiction and fantasy." --Booklist, starred review

★ "An evocative and heart-lacerating debut novel. . . . Essential fiction to understand our world." --Library Journal, starred review

★ "On Fragile Waves is a masterful and poetic novel about finding hope and joy in the most dire circumstances." --Foreword Reviews, starred review

"This is Yu's first novel, but you'd never know it from the surety of her approach, the immensity of what she achieves. On Fragile Waves is a tremendous and almost unbearable work of witness. It is devastating and perfect." --Amal El-Mohtar in the New York Times Book Review

"One of the most devastatingly beautiful books I read all year."--NPR, "Best Books of 2021"

"Beautifully written, absorbing, powerful. . . . This should win awards when it comes out next year. I think Yu is doing some of the most exciting things in genre." --Tor.com

"Powerfully affecting." --Ted Chiang, author of Exhalation

"An extraordinary achievement--original in voice, powerful in material, a book of brutal beauty and unflinching compassion. May it be noticed and read and praised and believed." --Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

"A heartbreaking celebration of the necessity of joy. A soul-searing tale of homecoming, home-becoming, home-conjuring. By holding up the jagged beauty of faith against despair, E. Lily Yu is the brilliant voice of conscience our age needs." --Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie

"An incredibly accomplished debut novel, a necessary and important tale of empathy and imagination and hope." --Matt Bell, author of Appleseed

"E. Lily Yu's finely honed prose and her child narrator allow for flashes of warmth and beauty between the shocks and sorrows, the terrors and humiliations." --Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels

"Vivid, intense and heart-wrenching. On Fragile Waves is both a coming-of-age tale and an unflinching meditation on exile, belonging, fragility and hope." --Victoria Law, co-author of Prison By Any Other Name

"On Fragile Waves confirms that E. Lily Yu is a prodigy. Every line a gemstone, every page a calligram." -- Usman T. Malik, author of Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan

"A stunning heartbreaker. The prose is as sharp and beautiful as the story it tells . . . bringing into painful beautiful focus all the ways the world is horrible, and all the ways the world is magic." --Sam J. Miller, author of Blackfish City