Other Stories from China

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Literature can open our eyes to other cultures. In these times of social distance and global anxiety, taking the time to learn how others’ experiences can be different from–and the same as–ours seems more crucial than ever.

The ebooks listed below open a window onto the lives of Chinese natives, immigrants and Chinese Americans. If they aren’t available, just search the catalog using search terms like “China” and “fiction,” then limit the format to ebook.

Beijing Payback

A fresh, smart, and fast-paced revenge thriller about a college basketball player who discovers shocking truths about his family in the wake of his father’s murder

Little Gods

A heartfelt examination of family ties and the impact of immigration upon different generations.

The Leavers

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon–and never comes home.

Lotus

Lotus follows a young woman torn between past traditions and modern desires–as she carves out a life for herself in China’s “City of Sins”

A River of Stars

In a powerful debut about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman stakes a claim to the American dream in California.

What We Were Promised

Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises