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.
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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...
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...
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...
April 01, 2017
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...
September 06, 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 opinions and discussion topics among different people. However, I just cannot bring myself to read any more than I already have. I also want to preface this review by saying, I...
September 02, 2017
This is an interesting collection of stories. I can't say that I enjoyed the book, but I guess I still learned something by reading it. The focus is on poor Asian immigrant families living in New York and the (often strange) sacrifices they have to make in order to survive. The writing is thought...
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,...
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.
August 31, 2017
A short story collection depicting the lives of Asian immigrants in New York living under particularly brutal circumstances - the stories are pretty graphic, and it was hard to read some of the brutality and violence, but Zhang's writing is unique and she delivers sheer deadpan humor that cuts th...