Belle Yang's latest, Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale, is published by W. W. Norton & Company and costs a mere twenty-three dollars and ninety-five cents. Okay, that's a tiny bit steep, but it's a nice hardcover and I'm sure you can find it cheaper if you want to.
I wrote that this is a coming-of-age story, but it's not really, or it's not a traditional one, I should say. Yang tells us on the first few pages what the story is - in the mid-1980s, after graduating from college and spending a few years out in the world, she returned home to her parent's house in California fleeing an abusive boyfriend. They sent her to China for a few years, and when she returned after the Tiananmen Square massacre, she spent more time with her parents. Her trip to China had made her interested in her family, so she asked her father to tell her stories about them. This book is the result.
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