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Little Gods

  • Meng Jin
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  • ISBN-10: 143287876X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432878764
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.20 lbs ( .54 kgs)
  • 426 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021

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Longlisted for the Pen/Open Book Award

June 4th, a woman gives birth alone in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past. When Su Lan dies unexpectedly 17 years later, it's her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life. Liya, who grew up in America, takes her mother’s ashes to China — to her, an unknown country. In a territory inhabited by the ghosts of the living and the dead, a portrait of Su Lan emerges: an ambitious scientist, an ambivalent mother, and a woman whose relationship to her own past shapes Liya’s own sense of displacement.

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“LITTLE GODS is built from familiar tropes: love amid violence, lost parents, secrets held by those closest to us. But Jin brings a fresh imagination to them, thoughtfully leveraging the language of physics without making the narrative cold or overladen. Her ultimate principle is simple and effective: How do we preserve love in the face of the forces that threaten it?”

— USA Today