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Self-Portrait with Ghost: Short Stories

Meng Jin

"From the acclaimed author of Little Gods, whose 'gift merges science, politics and art: the kind of audacity our world needs now' (Gina Apostol), comes an immersive and electrifying story collection that explores self-construction, female resilience, and migrations both literal and transformative"--.

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Publisher: Mariner Books
Publish Date: 07/05/2022
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 9780063160712
ISBN-10: 0063160714
Language: English

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August 11, 2022

A Q&A with Meng Jin

By Meng Jin, Emily Porter

Meng Jin graces us with her second book, Self-Portrait with Ghost, filled with stories about understanding the self, the aftermath of grief and the oddities of, well, life. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"A knockout short story collection...Each one of these 10 dizzyingly immersive stories offers up a heady and visceral portrait of what ails us, from isolation and self-doubt, to unrequited love and regret over what might have been, to what it means to be (and to be considered) an American. -- San Francisco Chronicle

Meng Jin's critically acclaimed debut novel, Little Gods, was praised as "spectacular and emotionally polyphonic (Omar El-Akkad, BookPage), "powerful" (Washington Post), and "meticulously observed, daringly imagined" (Claire Messud). Now Jin turns her considerable talents to short fiction, in ten thematically linked stories.

Written during the turbulent years of the Trump administration and the first year of the pandemic, these stories explore intimacy and isolation, coming-of-age and coming to terms with the repercussions of past mistakes, fraying relationships and surprising moments of connection. Moving between San Francisco and China, and from unsparing realism to genre-bending delight, Self-Portrait with Ghost considers what it means to live in an age of heightened self-consciousness, seemingly endless access to knowledge, and little actual power.

Page-turning, thought-provoking, and wholly unique, Self-Portrait with Ghost further establishes Meng Jin as a writer who "reminds us that possible explanations in our universe are as varied as the beings who populate it" (Paris Review).

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