Funny, perceptive, and ever-surprising, Gish Jen has over the course of her storied career broken barriers in both fiction and nonfiction. Several of her early novels—Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife, World and Town—books that probed and sought to redefine America—are classics of American immigrant literature.
“Gish Jen is at the forefront of American writers dealing with that most basic of American issues—who we are as a country and a culture. Her work is as serious and important as this issue, but her books and stories are nevertheless a joy to read, full of wit, humor, nuance, and emotion.”
—Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer
Invited to give the Massey Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University in 2012, Jen infused her father’s life story with cutting-edge research to reveal and explain cultural differences in narrative. Her lectures—published by Harvard University Press as Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self—are now a mainstay of literature, memoir and writing classes. Her most recent book The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, for a more general audience, also explores cultural difference—a critical topic in our globalizing time—in a fresh, personal, and transformative way.
“Subtle, erudite, and daring, The Girl at the Baggage Claim is a tour de force by one of the most insightful writers of our time.”
—Amy Chua, Professor, Yale Law School, and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Jen is now set to return to the novel with yet another surprise. The Resisters, a scarily charming post-Automation feminist baseball dystopia, slated to be published by Knopf in February 2020, extends her abiding interest in the American project to the future.
“I LOVE this novel as much as I as I fear the future Gish Jen has conjured in it. In this anything but brave new world, baseball is what survives and reminds us of our humanity, and a girl’s golden arm forms the kernel of resistance. What an enchanting conceit! Gish Jen has hit a grand slam.”
—Jane Leavy, author of The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
Jen’s short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals and anthologies. She has been published in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters jury comprised of John Updike, Cynthia Ozick, Don DeLillo, and Joyce Carol Oates awarded her a five-year Mildred and Harold Strauss Living, the most lucrative literary award in America. Jen is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of honorary doctorates from Williams College and Emerson College, and a recipient of Lannan, Fulbright, Radcliffe, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.
For more information on Gish Jen, please visit www.gishjen.com.