By Kaitlin Solimine
In the mid-1990s, an American youngster, named Lao ok in chinese language, stands on Coal Hill, a park in Beijing, a loop of rope in her hand. Will she help her chinese language homestay mom, Li-Ming, who's demise of melanoma, in finishing her existence, or will she decide upon one other direction? 20 years later, Lao ok gets a publication written by means of Li-Ming referred to as "Empire of Glass," a story that chronicles the lives of Li-Ming and her husband, Wang, in pre and post-revolutionary China over the past half the 20th century. Lao okay starts off translating the tale, which turns into the radical we're studying. yet, as translator, how can Lao okay separate truth from fiction, and what is going to her function be within the book's ultimate chapter?
A grand, experimental epic--Lao K's tale is advised in footnotes that run through the book--that chronicles the seismic alterations in China over the past part century during the lens of 1 family's reviews, Empire of Glass is an research into the workings of human reminiscence and the veracity of oral background that pushes the bounds of language and shape in beautiful and unforgettable ways.
Kaitlin Solimine has been a Fulbright Fellow in China, and has bought numerous scholarships, awards, and residencies for her writing, together with the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet overseas Literary software award for an past draft of Empire of Glass, judged via Colson Whitehead. Her fiction has been released in Guernica, Kartika Review, and various anthologies. Kaitlin is co-founder of Hippo Reads, a community connecting educational insights and students to the broader public. She is living in San Francisco along with her husband and daughter, the place she was once a 2016 SF Grotto Writing Fellow and is affiliate manufacturer of the childbirth documentary, Of girl Born.
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