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Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

This exploration of writing and life by Yiyun Li is the authors first nonfiction work.

Yiyun Li

In her first nonfiction book, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li explores the questions we ask ourselves as readers and writers, as citizens and solitary travellers, as parents and children: How does one make life livable? How do writing and reading bring us solace, and help us embrace the conflicts of our daily reality? Tracing the course of her life from China to America, and from biologist to writer, Li reflects with startling generosity and humanity on the writers who have shaped her — William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, Marianne Moore, Ivan Turgenev, Stefan Zweig and more. (From Random House)

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From the book

What a long way it is from one life to another. Yet why write if not for that distance?


From Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Hari Kunzru ©2006. Published by Random House

Author interviews

Eleanor talks with Chinese-American author Yiyun Li about her 2014 novel Kinder Than Solitude, set in the shadow of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by real life events. 53:39