The Sorrows of Others

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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author
Ada Zhang is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in A Public Space, McSweeney's, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and now lives in New York City, where she is an associate editor of adult's and children's books at Running Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. The Sorrows of Others is her first book.
Zhang debuts with a remarkable collection that explores the intricacies of Chinese American families... This will stay with readers.
--Publishers Weekly starred reviewPoignant and tragic... The Sorrows of Others is a tender short story collection in which loneliness and isolation shape lives.
--Foreword starred review The characters in The Sorrows of Others would make an uncommon and special botanical collection had they been plants: They have their given roots--Chinese or Chinese American--that bind them to their shared history, and yet they also each nurture their own set of roots, expanding, liberating, and redefining themselves. Ada Zhang is a bighearted and sensitive writer, and these stories, looking simultaneously to the past and to the future, are a triumph.
--Yiyun Li, author of The Book of Goose and Where Reasons End

I loved The Sorrows of Others, a luminous, moving collection of stories about love and family and belonging. Ada Zhang writes across generations with a rare sense of grace and precision. She is a young writer worth watching.
--Jess Walter, author of The Angel of Rome and Beautiful Ruins

Ada Zhang doesn't balk at the big matters--revolution, immigration, family, love, marriage, affairs, divorce, death--but the profound mysteries you hear in her prose live between the notes you know. In these stories the little hollows at the heart of all our hopes pool with sorrow, and that sorrow weighs like a duty, as fierce and binding as love. The restraint in this collection is unlike anything in our rather noisy and obvious age. The Sorrows of Others is masterful.
--Charles D'Ambrosio, author of Loitering and The Dead Fish Museum

Each story in The Sorrows of Others is elegantly braided and brushed with a careful hand. This debut collection resists the temptations of flash and clamor, embracing a more modulated, substantial prose that resonates richly, with a deep understanding of character and of true mystery. Prepare to be ushered into the everyday fascinations of the various lives depicted here, and prepare at each story's end to be left wondering and aching.
--Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man

Every once in a while, a new writer comes along whose stories are so naturally perceptive, empathetic, and intelligent that reading them feels like falling in love with the form all over again. The relationships Zhang's characters navigate are full of quiet ardor and tangled duties; at the heart of each story is found an urgent, private world rendered with care and skill. Rare is it to encounter a young writer whose voice is so assured; rarer still is it to read one capable of such calm, humane wisdom. The Sorrows of Others announces Ada Zhang as a major literary talent, one anyone who loves reading should experience.
--Arna Bontemps Hemenway, author of Elegy on Kinderklavier

In these marvelous stories, Ada Zhang writes with ferocity and precision about feelings and situations I have seldom seen captured in fiction before: a woman caring for the dying husband who has abandoned her, a girl glimpsing what her grandparents have endured in China. Each story offers a deeply satisfying world, one I never wanted to leave. The Sorrows of Others is a brilliant debut.
--Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field

These stories contain a rare and profound understanding of loneliness, in all its gestures, nuances, and variations: the loneliness of aging, of being othered, within families or in solitude, of a widower in Xi'an or a young professional in New York. Above all, Zhang has captured the essential loneliness of human interiority, the experience of being alone in one's mind. Every story is written with grace and a light touch, scenes subtly washed with feeling as a skilled watercolorist floods a landscape with color. A wonderful debut.
--Kim Fu, author of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

The world of Ada Zhang is wise and patient in its understanding of the human soul--how tender it is, how resilient and capacious, harboring both darkness and light. In this wide-ranging collection, each story arrives carrying the treasures of entire lives lived. Zhang's writing is transportive, timeless, and a pleasure to behold.
--Lucy Tan, author of What We Were Promised

To read Ada Zhang's collection The Sorrows of Others is to be in sublime relationship to human follies and to wisdom and to the silence that is cultivated between lines and after a story ends. This is a collection to savor and to reread.
--Jai Chakrabarti, author of A Play for the End of the WorldIt's rare to come across a collection where every story draws the reader in; each of Zhang's stories is captivating and shows empathy in ways that could teach the general public a thing or two.
--Susan Blumberg-Kason, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
Zhang's writing is careful, faceted, gleaming in its insight and meticulous observation, its beautiful sentences. But it is also radiant, softly glowing as if lit from within. Zhang loves her characters and also sees them with a mercilessly honest eye.
--Sarah Thankam Mathews, Electric Literature

Like a flash, these stories are a burst of light, ending almost as soon as they start, but they leave a strong afterglow.
--Alice Martin, Shelf Awareness

[Ada Zhang] builds each story carefully and quietly lets it rise to sudden moments of surprising power. She is indeed a writer to watch.
--Si Dunn, Lone Star Literary Review

Discovering Ada Zhang was one of the high points of my summer reading.
--Susan Balée, The Hudson Review

Illuminating and life-changing.
--Adam Vitcavage, DebutifulZhang's sentences are gems, both enchanting and clear, moving between scene and interiority with a striking insight.--Colleen Mayo, American Literary Review