Hunger by Lan Samantha Chang audiobook

Hunger: A Novella and Stories

By Lan Samantha Chang
Read by Eunice Wong

Highbridge Audio 9780393337952
6.40 Hours 1
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Not since Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan has a fiction writer explored with such powerful intensity the experience of being Asian American. The characters who inhabit this extraordinary fictional debut are caught between the burden of their past history and the fragility of their unchartered future. Hunger illuminates how first-generation immigrants from China, culturally and emotionally uprooted from their homeland, mistrust connection even as they hunger for attachment—and how the past affects and shapes their children. In luminous prose, these stories of love and loss explore the profound and painful ties between husband and wife, parent and child, sister and sister. The stunning title novella is told by a woman whose love for an exiled musician compels her into a tragic marriage in which her husband's unfulfilled desires nearly destroy their children. In other stories, a ghost seduces a young girl into a flooded river; a mother commands a daughter to avenge her father's death. Lan Samantha Chang weaves the forces of war and magic, food and desire, ghosts and family, into haunting tales. Again and again, Chang asks the question: is love not a kind of burden, stifling and terrifying in the choices and responsibilities it forces on us? And yet we yearn for it, define ourselves by our experience of it, cannot live without it.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Not since Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan has a fiction writer explored with such powerful intensity the experience of being Asian American. The characters who inhabit this extraordinary fictional debut are caught between the burden of their past history and the fragility of their unchartered future. Hunger illuminates how first-generation immigrants from China, culturally and emotionally uprooted from their homeland, mistrust connection even as they hunger for attachment—and how the past affects and shapes their children.

In luminous prose, these stories of love and loss explore the profound and painful ties between husband and wife, parent and child, sister and sister. The stunning title novella is told by a woman whose love for an exiled musician compels her into a tragic marriage in which her husband's unfulfilled desires nearly destroy their children. In other stories, a ghost seduces a young girl into a flooded river; a mother commands a daughter to avenge her father's death.

Lan Samantha Chang weaves the forces of war and magic, food and desire, ghosts and family, into haunting tales. Again and again, Chang asks the question: is love not a kind of burden, stifling and terrifying in the choices and responsibilities it forces on us? And yet we yearn for it, define ourselves by our experience of it, cannot live without it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Eunice Wong delivers an emotionally absorbing performance…A haunting collection beautifully captured by a rich, memorable performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Delicately specific tales of Chinese immigrant life…capturing the universal struggles of the human heart.” San Diego Union-Tribune
“A delicately calculated balance sheet of the losses and gains of immigrants whose lives are stretched between two radically different cultures." New York Times Book Review
“Spare and haunting tales that ask ordinary questions about that extraordinary emotion: love.” Chicago Tribune

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Author

Author Bio: Lan Samantha Chang

Author Bio: Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang is the award-winning author of the collection Hunger and the novels The Family Chao; Inheritance; and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. A Berlin Prize Fellow, she also has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She is the first Asian American and the first female director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Runtime: 6.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English