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Thank You, Mr. Nixon

book | Fiction | Jan 2022
US → Knopf (Ed. Ann Close)

In her first collection of stories since the acclaimed Who’s Irish?, the beloved author of The Resisters refracts the fifty years since the opening of China through the lives of ordinary people.

Beginning with a kindly letter penned by a Chinese girl in heaven to “poor Mr. Nixon” in hell, Gish Jen embarks on an eleven-story journey through U.S.-Chinese relations, capturing not only the excitement of a world on the brink of tectonic change, but the all-too-human encounters that ensue as East meets West.

Opal Chen reunites with her sisters after a hiatus of almost forty years; American Arnie Hsu clashes with his Chinese girlfriend Lulu, who wonders why Americans “like to walk around in the woods with the mosquitoes”; an English teacher confronts a drunken child dancing on a table in a duck restaurant; and a woman brought up on “no politics, just make money” must square her mother’s wisdom with the repression in Hong Kong.

With their profound compassion, equally profound humor, and unexpected links, these masterful stories reflect history’s shifting shadow over our boldest decisions and most intimate moments. Gradually accruing the power of a novel as it proceeds, Thank You, Mr. Nixon furnishes yet more proof of Gish Jen’s enduring place among the most eminent of American storytellers.


Sophie Baker manages the translation rights for Thank You, Mr. Nixon

Daniel Kirschen
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Sophie Baker
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