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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

“A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” is a series of short stories by Yiyun Li, who has refused to allow them to be translated into Chinese because she still wants to be able to visit her family in mainland China and doesn’t wanted the government too annoyed with her to allow it.

The stories deal with people of all classes, genders, and ages, but the one common thread is struggling with the contradictions of Chinese life, especially the contradictions created when government policy or cultural expectations collide with reality or real emotions. The prose is simple and straight forward, but more evocative because it is just enough to touch you but doesn’t distract.
Tags: author: l, category: anthology, category: short story, review
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