Author Fan Wu in for Irvine

April 29, 2009

Pushcart Prize nominee and celebrated author Fan Wu is the first of our special guest speakers to be announced. The Asian Review of Books called her 2007 debut novel, February Flowers, “A fresh, original work that strikes a fine balance between intimacy and restraint, and shatters several stereotypes along the way.” The Financial Times Book Review (UK) hailed both how it “turns its eye away from imagined audiences and keeps it trained on the story at hand… (and) the ease with which it shakes off the voiceover of memoir, with all its intonations of latterly won wisdom, and enters the past as it was lived, in real-time and without the props of hindsight.” Beautiful as Yesterday (Simon & Schuster/Atria) is out July 1, Xinran (Good Women of China) calls, “A delicate and brilliant novel on the arguments, triumphs, loves and differences of a Chinese family in America.”

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