'I will never forget the first time I read Jenny Zhang ...I was stunned, moved and - quite frankly - a little jealous' Lena Dunham These seven startling stories of family, femininity, sexuality and otherness will plunge you into the tender and chaotic hearts of narrators you won't easily forget. Centred on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life on the poverty line in 1990s New York City, the stories that make up Sour Heart examine the many ways that family and history can weigh us down, but also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother's role in the Cultural Revolution, to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these vibrant, raw and powerful stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves. Fuelled by Jenny Zhang's singular voice and sly humour, Sour Heart introduces a bright new force in literary fiction.
A debut collection of stories that plunge readers into the tender and chaotic hearts of adolescent girls growing up in New York City
I will never forget the first time I read Jenny Zhang ... I was stunned, moved and - quite frankly - a little jealous Lena Dunham As I read, I quickly realized this was something so new and powerful that it would come to shape the world, not just the literary world, but what we know about reality. Zhang's version of honesty goes way past the familiar, with passages that burst into a bold, startling brilliance. Get ready Miranda July Her writing is resolute in its ability to unsettle and even uproot - lighting your every nerve on fire, leaving your every synapse flashing Nylon Sour Heart blasts open the so-called 'immigrant narrative' by showing us the claustrophobic, cracked lives and demented love of families and by giving us the deepest x-ray of American childhood I can recall. Dirty, hilarious, and utterly original Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs Jenny Zhang has an uncanny ability to articulate the most confusing, conflicting, elusive thoughts and feelings - the kinds that occur in under a millisecond but secretly rule our lives. It's dazzling to witness until one observation or line of dialogue sends you over the edge into the depths of another person's truth. I emerged from Sour Heart bleary-eyed and in love Tavi Gevinson A voice that's at once incisive and playful and emboldened The Millions Zhang's writing is intimate, funny and occasionally alarming, upturning assumptions through deftly told, taboo-breaking anecdotes i-D One of the most exciting young writers around Vulture Zhang can do just about anything ... This will be an it-book to read The Week
Jenny Zhang was born in Shanghai and raised in New York. She is the author of a poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, and a collection of poems and essays, The Selected Jenny Zhang. She was nominated for a National Magazine Award for her essay in Poetry magazine, and her writing has also appeared in the New York Times magazine, New York magazine, Rookie, Lenny and BuzzFeed. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Jennybagel.com / @Jennybagel