Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, by Yiyun Li. Random House, 2017

Li is an award winning fiction writer, but this is her first non-fiction work. It’s a memoir, written over two years that saw Li hospitalized for suicide attempts. While it jumps around in time a lot, it’s still obviously been smoothed out a lot because things flow well.

The author writes about her childhood in China during a time when free thought was not encouraged, with a mother who had significant mental issues of her own as a narcissist. She speaks of her decision to change from being a scientist with an assured income and green card, to being a writer. She tells us some about her stay in a mental hospital and about her feelings that took her there. Mostly, she writes about reading and writing, and the books and authors that have been important to her.

It’s a sad tale, mostly. But it engaged me and the prose is so well done that it sucked me in for hours. 

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1 comment:

  1. This one and the last one sound good but I need to read them when we have sunshine not rain. Did around in your TBR pile and find me something amusing or wicked.