A totally illuminating collection of stories centered around China's Cultural Revolution and its aftermath, which, as we learn, continues even today. Xujun Eberlein lived in China during that turmoil and now makes her home in America. This, her first story collection, is both disturbing and enthralling.
Xujun Eberlein grew up in Chongqing, China, and moved to the United States in the summer of 1988. After receiving a Ph.D. from MIT in the spring of 1995, and winning an award for her dissertation, she joined a small but ambitious high tech company. On Thanksgiving 2003, she gave up algorithms for writing. She has since won a bunch of literary awards. Her debut story collection Apologies Forthcoming won the 2007 Tartt Fiction Award and was published in June 2008. She is the recipient of a 2008 artist fellowship in fiction/creative nonfiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The words are riveting but unpretentious. The sex is guileless but fervent. The works are timeless but real. The author is destined for distinction.Published 17 months ago by YZ
A powerful collection of stories taking place during and after the Cultural Revolution in China. Intimate, melancholy, comic, sensuous, the stories cover a broad range: the... Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Lost In a Book
I can only comment on the craft of XuJun's writing, for others have already made excellent informational explanations about the content of these riveting stories. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by cyn teed
It may be a cliche to say it (and I'm loathe to use cliches), but it's inescapably true that once you start reading this story collection you cannot put it down until you're... Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by A. Ray Norsworthy
An approximate quote from the book:
When dealing with people "proceed gingerly and think three times before speaking"
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Each story in Xujun Eberlein's Apologies Forthcoming is set within or haunted by the Chinese Cultural revolution, invoking the specters of... Read more
Veerrry interesting collection of thought-provoking stories that expose the deep ugliness of Mao's Cultural Revolution. Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Linda Austin
One of my pet peeves about Americans is the overuse of the word "awesome" but this is the most fitting word to describe this fresh new author. Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by NoBooksNoLife
Everyday Chinese life and the Chinese Cultural Revolution clash in Xujun Eberlein's collection of short stories on love and loss. Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by Story Circle Book Reviews