Amazing Time for Chinese Lit

For so long my sisters and I bemoaned the lack of modern novels about China. Memoirs about the Cultural Revolution, historical fiction, and nonfiction abounded, but only in the past few of years have I seen a rise in more translated modern Chinese lit. (Well, maybe I’ve been paying more attention.) And this last year or two in the States, wow! Amazing diversity just within the Chinese category! I’m sure there’s much more, but below are just a few modern Chinese and Chinese American novels that I’ve read so far.

Northern Girls by Sheng Keyi (translated)

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

What We were Promised by Lucy Tan

And Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise

Front Desk by Kelly Yang (Middle Grade)

Shadow Girl by Liana Liu (YA)

Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (YA)

American Panda by Gloria Chao (YA)

Lotus by Lijia Zhang (translated)

A Perfect Crime by A Yi (translated)

Running through Beijing by Xu Zechen (translated)

The Dark Road by Ma Jian (translated)

On my TBR pile: The Day the Sun Died by Yan Lianke (translated), The Three Body Problem by Liu CIxin (translated, the first of a sci-fi trilogy)

Extremely readable nonfiction about modern China

2018 Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World by Zak Dychtwald

2018 Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China by Alec Ash

2018 Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower by Roseann Lake

2016 One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong

2014 Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China by Leta Hong Fincher

2011 China in Ten Words by Yu Hua, translated by Allen H. Barr

2010 Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler

2008 Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang

2008 Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Kay Bratt

What I've been reading

Imbeciles by Adam Cohen; Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash; American Panda by Gloria Chao; Young China by Zak Dychtwald; When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds; Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

And, since my little boy is reading the Little House on the Prairie series, we picked up The Little House on the Prairie Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker in the new books section of the children's department. So far he's (we've) made Fried Apples and Onions (a hit!) and Rye'n'injun Bread (meh). Pulled Candy is up next.