A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE: To date, very few—if any—writers have written about this emerging new generation: the Chinese millenial, what Juliana calls “the Chinese-American girl educated in the west who drinks, gets in trouble, but still loves her grandmother.” Xuan Juliana Wang is the first Chinese-American writer to explore the lives and identities of her generation amid a shifting world.
“ANTI-CRAZY RICH ASIANS”: Juliana Wang describes herself as writing an “anti-Crazy Rich Asians” book. Full of humor and empathy, these stories move away from literature that seeks to reduce Asian-Americans to caricatures, instead giving a never-before-seen glimpse into a new world of experience.
ROOTED IN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: As she was growing up, Juliana’s family home served as a makeshift hostel for incoming Chinese immigrants. After college, she spent two years in Beijing working as a Chinese-English translator for the Chicago Tribune and The New Yorker. The stories she grew up with, as well as the people she met during her time in Beijing, all found their way into this collection.
PRIZES AND ACCOLADES CONTINUE TO ROLL IN: Shortlisted for the 2020 Sarah Verdone Writing Award; Winner of the John C. Zacharis Ploughshares Award; Longlisted for the Story Prize; Shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection
“A must-read literary force with . . . debut collection of stories that brings to life characters from the Chinese diaspora. . . . Each one underscores the imaginative and compelling mind of this fresh new voice.”—The Daily Beast, “The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019”
“Remarkable . . . Wang captures the strivings and uncertainty of Chinese youth establishing themselves in America and beyond. . . . [A] deft, striking debut.”—New York Observer, “Spring 2019 Must-Read Books”
“Tough, luminous stories about destiny, fealty, belonging and heartbreak . . . Wang unpacks unwieldy relationships with a light touch, slicing cleanly through the intricacies to render them instantly familiar. . . . Wang’s writing is sensory, cinematic and fluid.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Spectacular . . . Wang has cherry-picked from disparate worlds and engineered a whole new, sublimely captivating one.”—Vogue
“Filled with characters who mirror the chaos and anxiety, exhilaration and despair, desire and fear of the world around them, Home Remedies offers searing portraits of millennial Chinese immigrants. . . . Wang’s shimmering words offer proof that even the most mundane of these lives have the potential to become something extraordinary. . . . A great, explosive talent.”—Nylon, “Best New Books of May”
“Superb . . . a perfect book to dip into this summer. Fresh, clever, and shouldn’t be missed.”—Publishers Weekly, “Top 10 Summer Reads”
“Artful, funny, generous and empathetic . . . a radiant new talent.”—Lauren Groff
“These dazzling stories interrogate the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial.”—Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Orphan Master’s Son
“Vast in scope and ridiculously accomplished… Xuan Juliana Wang is singing an incredibly complex song of hybridity and heart.”—Justin Torres, author of We, the Animals
“With style, verve and grace, Wang’s stories surprise and challenge in wonderful ways.”—Weike Wang, author of Chemistry
“Tasty little bits of perfection. One of the great debuts of the year.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
“This delightful debut collection of twelve stories should land on multiple must-read lists. Wang has captured the spirit and energy of contemporary Chinese youth. . . . [Her] stories are funny, generous, and surprising as they introduce a youthful demographic that is growing worldwide. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Wang's stories are spare and haunting, with endings that leave characters just as unsettled as their beginnings. . . . It fully embraces Wang’s love of the uncanny as a way to parse generational misunderstanding or the surreality of contemporary life. A sharp and poignant collection.”—Kirkus Reviews
'A beautiful arrangement of narratives that moves from the mundane pressures of family life to the stranger fantasies of domestic science fiction.' —Alta magazine