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Te-Ping Chen, Land of Big Numbers: Stories
July 15, 2021 @ EST 8:00 pm - 8:40 pmFree
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Te-Ping Chen will be in conversation with Robert Glick.
A debut collection from an extraordinary new talent, a vivid portrayal of the men and women of modern China and its diaspora. Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen’s stories coalesce into a portrait of a people striving for openings where mobility is limited. With acute social insight, Chen layers years of experience reporting on the ground in China with incantatory prose in this taut, surprising debut, proving herself both a remarkable cultural critic and an astonishingly accomplished new literary voice.
“Immensely rewarding, from the first sentence to the last. Te-Ping Chen’s writing is clear-eyed, pitch perfect, skillfully restrained and quietly powerful. I will be returning to these stories again, to enjoy them, be consoled by them, and marvel at them. An exceptional collection.”—Charles Yu, author of the National Book Award-winning Interior Chinatown.
Te-Ping Chen’s fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, and Tin House. A Wall Street Journal correspondent in Philadelphia previously based in Beijing and Hong Kong, she has reported on rice cookers and wrongful convictions, gotten hung up on by Edward Snowden and eaten more robot-cooked noodles than she can count. Land of Big Numbers is her debut fiction collection.
Robert Glick is Associate Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing and digital literature. His work can be seen in Diagram, Denver Quarterly, and Gettysburg Review. His first collection of stories, Two Californias, was published by C&R Press in 2019.
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