Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life - Yiyun Li

This is a sad, disjointed book.  The author is a lauded graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop.  She is Chinese, born in Beijing and trained as an immunologist and immigrated to the U.S.  She left science t to write and has written several books, all in English, and does not write in Chinese.

This book contains reflections on her self and reminiscences of other authors while she was suffering from depression and had thoughts of suicide.  I was too distracted by the unfocused, rambling and her use of language.  Not recommended although she did have a couple phrases I noted.

"To read is to be with people who, unlike those around one, do not notice one's existence."
"What other and the world have done should not define one as much as what one had done to oneself." 

Published:  2017  Read:  June 2017  Genre: Memoir

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