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Little Gods: A Novel Hardcover – January 14, 2020

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“Meng Jin’s beautiful debut novel is ambitious in the best ways: meticulously observed, daringly imagined, rich in character and history. Ranging across continents, cultures and generations, Jin poses profound questions: how might we know ourselves, or the people we love? And what truths, if any, travel with us?”
(Claire Messud)

"Jin’s richly textured, unsparing writing questions whether a self can exist unmarked by the past." (New Yorker)

"If the mark of a good novel is its ability to delicately rewire the reader’s brain, then Meng Jin has given us a very good novel....Little Gods is a page-turner—but all the while it winks, reminding us that possible explanations in our universe are as varied as the beings who populate it." (The Paris Review, Staff Pick)

"Ambitious [and] formally complex...a powerful, poignant portrait of a woman crippled by her fear of looking back." (Washington Post)

"Steeped in trauma, loss, and imperfect love, Little Gods is a novel about performing the self, filtered through academia, abandonment, and migration.... Smart and emotionally devastating." (NPR.org)

"Reminiscent of Ferrante...are Jin’s protagonist’s larger-than-life talent, drive and perversity. In her intelligence, vulnerability, volatility, desperation, narcissism and self-destructiveness, Su Lan — despite her voicelessness — is as complex a protagonist as any I can recall....Little Gods expands the future of the immigrant novel." (New York Times Book Review )

"Little Gods is built from familiar tropes: love amid violence, lost parents, secrets held by those closest to us. But Jin brings a fresh imagination to them, thoughtfully leveraging the language of physics without making the narrative cold or overladen. Her ultimate principle is simple and effective: How do we preserve love in the face of the forces that threaten it?" (USA Today)

"An intelligent, somewhat restrained look at the effects that tectonic political shifts have on ordinary citizens, effects that reverberate across the decades, and for its young American protagonist, even across oceans." (San Francisco Chronicle)


“Spectacular and emotionally polyphonic…That Jin has managed to craft such an intimate, emotionally complex story is an awesome achievement. That she managed to do it in her debut novel, doubly so.”
(Omar El Akkad, BookPage (starred review))

"Brilliant....Elegantly written, emotionally compelling, and thought provoking on every page.” (The Millions)

About the Author

Meng Jin was born in Shanghai and lives in San Francisco. A Kundiman Fellow, she is a graduate of Harvard and Hunter College. Little Gods is her first novel.

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  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006293595X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062935953
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.97 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Custom House (January 14, 2020)
  • Language: : English
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