The Age of Goodbyes

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Feminist Press
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4.9 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Li Zi Shu is the author of more than a dozen books, including the novels Worldly Land and The Age of Goodbyes, which won the China Times Open Book Award. Her work has been recognized with multiple literary prizes in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including several Huazhong Literary Awards.

YZ Chin is the author of Edge Case, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and Though I Get Home, winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.


"This compelling and experimental novel throws into question the very act of narration, in order to show just how profoundly official histories can haunt us." --China Books Review

"Loaded with vibrant cultural details, wry anecdotes, and literary conundrums, it's a challenging and often downright mystifying tale, but never less than absorbing." --Foreword Reviews, starred review

"A beguiling metafictional English-language debut with a kaleidoscope of stories about and perspectives on Malaysian life over the past 50 years." --Publishers Weekly

"A lesson on the haunting nature of history, both personal and political." --Booklist

"Blending metafictional elements with lush, cinematic accounts of marginalized histories, Li illuminates the ordinary lives of Chinese families in Kuala Lumpur... Singularly imagined and formally experimental." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"Inventive and experimental." --Ploughshares

"[The Age of Goodbyes is] a high-wire act of metafiction, and it works." --Los Angeles Times

"Li reanimates with a Proustian fondness the yearnings and struggles of Chinese-Malaysian women over the years, and presents a vivid sense of place with references to local food, cinema and song." --Litro Magazine

"Following three storylines of trauma, upheaval and history, this Southeast Asian epic is rife with detail, tradition, and heart." --Ms. Magazine

The Age of Goodbyes is a colossal feat of storytelling. Like stones thrown into a pond, its many narratives unsettle the surface. The pleasure in reading the novel is in waiting for them to touch bottom and stir up all that's resting there." --Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl"A multidimensional hall of mirrors that demands to be explored more than once, The Age of Goodbyes packs an emotional punch that you won't see coming. YZ Chin's vivacious translation perfectly complements Li Zi Shu's heightened sensibility." --Jeremy Tiang, author of State of Emergency"The Age of Goodbyes is, among many things, a sprawling Southeast Asian epic featuring kopitiams, mosquito coils, and serialized television dramas; a sequence of not-quite-love stories that aches with longing; and an utterly self-conscious commentary on the limits of narratives. Centering the lives of women often relegated to the margins of history, Li Zi Shu has written a trancelike, poetic meditation on intergenerational trauma, rooted in the literary tradition of Chinese-language novels but infused with a García Márquez-like magical realism. It takes a master to pull off a work this ambitious, and Li does so without any of the seams showing. I love this book both as a reader and writer." --Karen Cheung, author of The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir"Weaving together magical realism, surrealism, and political realism, The Age of Goodbyes narrates a history with no name, silenced memories of racial violence, social injustice, and civil rights repressions. Li Zi Shu--brilliantly translated by YZ Chin--shines the light of justice for minority communities pressed into erasure with her fabulist, agonistic, and ever-playful vision." --Shirley Geok-lin Lim, author of Among the White Moon Faces