Live via Zoom:
Monday, September 13, 7:30 PM ET
NYC Book Launch: Qian Julie Wang presents Beautiful Country: A Memoir
In conversation with Charles Yu
Co-presented with Make the Road New York
Qian Julie Wang launches her incandescent debut memoir, Beautiful Country! In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country”. Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian's parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive. Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light. Searing and unforgettable, Beautiful Country is memoir at its best and introduces an astonishing new talent. Charles Yu, National Book Award-winning author of Interior Chinatown and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, joins Wang for a meaningful evening of reading and conversation to present this powerful writer and her modern classic to our virtual community. This event features an introduction from our co-presenters Make the Road New York. Make the Road New York builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice. Greenlight will donate 15% of online sales of Beautiful Country through September 19 to Make the Road NY.
Greenlight is delighted to partner with author Qian Julie Wang to offer signed copies of her book Beautiful Country, available for preorder now!
If you would like a signed copy, or special inscription or personalization, you MUST indicate your request in Order Comments at checkout (or your order may be filled with an unsigned copy). Personalization requests must be made by Monday 9/13/21 11:59PM and orders for signed books will be shipped or ready for pickup around 9/14/21.
An incandescent memoir from an astonishing new talent, Beautiful Country puts readers in the shoes of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world.
Extraordinary...With immense skill, Wang parses how her family's illegal status blighted nearly every aspect of their life, from pushing her parents' marriage to the brink to compromising their health. While Wang's story of pursuing the American dream is undoubtedly timeless, it's her family's triumph in the face of "xenophobia and intolerance" that makes it feel especially relevant today. Consider this remarkable memoir a new classic.--Publishers Weekly, *Starred Review*