In Cambridge-based author Gish Jen's latest work, the short story collection "Thank You, Mr. Nixon," a cast of interconnected characters navigate 50 years of Chinese-American relations. The stories touch on grief, ambivalence and dashed expectations.
But when it comes to what's inspiring her these days, Gish's book recommendations are all about rage. Here's what she's recommending these days:
- "Tracy Flick Can't Win" by Tom Perotta
- "Mercy Street" by Jennifer Haigh
- "Horse" by Geraldine Brooks
- "The Evening Hero" by Marie Myung-Ok Lee
- "The Partition" by Don Lee
- "Either/Or" by Elif Batuman
You can hear more of Gish Jen discussing "Thank You, Mr. Nixon" in a recent CitySpace event from WBUR.
This segment aired on June 27, 2022.