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Michael Hofmann: Yiyun Li, 15 June 2017

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life 
by Yiyun Li.
Hamish Hamilton, 208 pp., £14.99, February 2017, 978 0 241 28395 0
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... seven birthplaces, the confining clutch of circumstance, but I can’t. So, take them as they are. Yiyun Li was born in 1973 in Beijing. In 1996, she left for the US. She studied medicine at the University of Iowa, took her Master’s in immunology, worked as a research scientist, then slipped or skipped sideways and attended the Iowa ...

Knitting, Unravelling

Joanne O’Leary: Yiyun Li, 4 July 2019

Where Reasons End 
by Yiyun Li.
Hamish Hamilton, 192 pp., £12.99, February 2019, 978 0 241 36690 5
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... bigger, weirder and more dramatic than our own? ‘One risks losing one’s privacy in fiction,’ Yiyun Li writes, ‘and to be anti-autobiographical lessens that danger.’ She was born in 1972 in Beijing, a daughter of the Mao regime for whom ‘privacy as a concept was not present.’ Li shared a bedroom with her ...

Like Washbasins

Ange Mlinko: Yiyun Li, 6 May 2021

Must I Go 
by Yiyun Li.
Hamish Hamilton, 368 pp., £16.99, July 2020, 978 0 241 28428 5
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... life.’ Where did the bloodline go wrong?‘The writing of this novel was interrupted by life,’ Li states in the acknowledgments. She began Must I Go before suffering a mental health crisis, during which she attempted suicide and was hospitalised. The experience led her to write a memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, which was ...

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