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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

*TONIGHT* Reading Across Borders Book Club: Little Reunions by Eileen Chang




The Reading Across Borders book club focuses on literature in English translation, with a particular interest in writers who are not (yet) well-known in the English-speaking world. Hosted by former store staffer Helen Chau Bradley, the book club meetings take place every two months, and are open to all.

Our next meeting is Tonight, Wednesday, April 4th. We will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) at 7 pm to discuss Eileen Chang's Little Reunions, trans. from the Chinese by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz. Join us for discussion and drinks!

**We offer a 20% discount on Little Reunions from now until the meeting date.** 

We regret that the bookstore is not wheelchair accessible. There is a step at the entrance, followed by a half step and a door that opens inward. Once inside, there are no additional steps to access the bathroom, although the bathroom space is narrow. Alcohol will be served.

Originally written in 1976 and available in English for the first time this year, Eileen Chang’s stormy novel takes place during World War II, in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong and Shanghai, following a young woman through her tumultuous relationships with her free-wheeling mother, and her husband, a magnetic charmer who works as a puppet for the Japanese. Eileen Chang was born in 1920 to an aristocratic family in Shanghai; she lived and studied in Hong Kong, Shanghai and eventually California, after fleeing the Chinese communist regime. A prolific novelist, short-story writer, and translator, she won recognition as a giant of Chinese literature, while personally becoming more and more of a recluse. Living through war and other politically fraught periods, she wrote mainly of the loneliness of the everyday, the dark shadows of failed romance and family conflict—her work an ode to the tragedies and resentments of modern life.

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