Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

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Read Sour Heart Online Free - Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves.

Title : Sour Heart
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ISBN : 0399589384
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Elyse rated it ★★★☆☆

January 14, 2018

It didn’t take but a second to feel the dynamics of just how ‘sour’ the stories were going to be in “Sour Heart”.... The tone of these stories are told with so much sarcasm- that I found it hard to tap into my genuine compassionate emotions. I wasn’t sure how I was feeling half the time. The writi...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

August 21, 2017

3.5 stars. Sour Heart is a hard one to rate. Lots I liked and lots I disliked about this collection of linked short stories. Each story is told from the point of view of a young girl who's family has immigrated from China to the United States, taking place primarily during the 1990s. The stories...

Marie rated it ★★★★☆

July 14, 2017

An intense collection of stories, each one told from the perspective of a young girl living in NYC in the 1990s with parents who had immigrated from Shanghai.  The stories demonstrate the manifestations and aftermath of the trauma experienced by the parents in Mao era China and the varying coping...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 30, 2017

When I saw this book was included in the LENNY imprint, associated with Lena Dunham, it made perfect sense to me. If you think of the criticisms of Lena's memoir particularly in how she talks openly about sexual exploration and her sister... if those elements bothered you, these are not the stori...

Sam rated it ★★★☆☆

April 01, 2017

Review forthcoming.

Jenny rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 29, 2017

DNF at ~25% I want to start off by saying that I'm still glad this book is out there in the universe and it's generating different opinions and different discussion topics. However, I just cannot bring myself to read any more than I already have. I am also going to preface this review by saying th...

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

July 13, 2017

“We Love You Crispina” (= first 13%): I enjoyed this story about the string of awful hovels a family of Chinese immigrants is forced to move between in early 1990s New York City. You’d think it would be unbearably sad reading about cockroaches and shared mattresses and a father’s mistress, but Zh...

Joanie rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2017

'After dinner, everyone talked at each other and over each as if there were not enough hours left in the day to get everything out and so it all had to happen at the same time - the listening and the expressing and the laughing could not happen one after the other but instead had to coalesce on...

Mason rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 09, 2017

Full disclosure: I didn't finish this book. I decided to give Leny/Lena Dunham a second chance and began the book with positive expectations, but with a first story that vividly depicts two girls forcing a boy to rape another 4th grade girl after tying her to their bed (with no sense of remorse,...

Jamie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 06, 2017

I hated this so much that I'm raging against it. Yet another book that uses poverty porn and then taboo sexuality in the place of good writing. I am ANGRY at the fact that I read so much of this.

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