Virtual Event: Simon Han and Meng Jin

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

Join us on Friday, November 20 at 6pm PST when Simon Han discusses his debut novel, Nights When Nothing Happened, with Meng Jin on Zoom!

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Praise for Nights When Nothing Happened

Named a Most Anticipated book for Fall by USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, The Millions, and more.

“A tender, spiky family saga about love in all its mysterious incarnations.” —Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs and Birds of America

“Absolutely luminous… Weaves the transience of suburbia between the highs and lows of a family saga. . . Shocks, awes, and delights.” —Bryan Washington, author of Memorial

“Achingly tender and emotionally devastating. A stunning debut that will stay with me.” —Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

About Nights When Nothing Happened

A little girl’s sleepwalking odysseys trigger a chain reaction that threatens to undo the fragile stability of her immigrant family.

From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn’t this what they sacrificed so much for? But then little Annabel begins to sleepwalk at night, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them but force to the surface the secrets that have made them fear one another. How can a man make peace with the terrors of his past? How can a child regain trust in unconditional love? How can a family stop burying its history and forge a way through it, to a more honest intimacy?

Nights When Nothing Happened is gripping storytelling immersed in the crosscurrents that have reshaped the American landscape, from a prodigious new literary talent.

Nights When Nothing Happened: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593086056
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 17th, 2020

Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, and Harper's Bazaar

A tender, spiky family saga about love in all its mysterious incarnations. —Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs and Birds of America

Little Gods: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062935953
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Custom House - January 14th, 2020


“Compellingly complex…Expands the future of the immigrant novel even as it holds us in uneasy thrall to the past.” – Gish Jen, New York Times Book Review

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