The CHAPTERS Reading Series showcases today’s new voices, including Girls Write Now mentees Jiselle Abraham, Saony Castillo, Lila Cooper, Medelin Cuevas, Kimberly Dominguez, Jacquelyn Eke, Zoe Fisher, Regina Fontanelli, Hasina Foye, Berenize Garcia, Analise Guerrero, Gianny Guzman, Lily He, Winnie Kong, Betsy Morales, Amina Mukhtar, Saradine Nazaire, Sarah Ramirez, Pilar Reyes, Tasnim Tarannum, and Min Hui Zheng.
Jenny Zhang is a poet and writer living in New York City. Her work has been featured in publications such as the New Inquiry, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Buzzfeed, Poetry Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Rookie. Her fiction debut, Sour Heart—a collection of short stories about the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City—was the first book published by the Lenny imprint at Random House.
A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart (Lenny), establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. Narrated by the daughters of Chinese immigrants who fled imperiled lives as artists back home only to struggle to stay afloat—dumpster diving for food and scamming Atlantic City casino buses to make a buck—these seven stories showcase Zhang’s compassion, moral courage, and a perverse sense of humor reminiscent of Portnoy’s Complaint. A darkly funny and intimate rendering of girlhood, Sour Heart examines what it means to belong to a family, to find your home, leave it, reject it, and return again.
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