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Literary Fiction

Chemistry

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Weike Wang, on your first novel!

by Weike Wang

Quick take

Seeing the world through the lens of chemistry is novel, if only as a reminder that the messiness of life follows no particular formula.

Why I love it

During some days - and countless insomniac nights - my mind plays an endless reel.  It spins from work nightmares, to worries about my sons, to random thoughts that pop in and out.  I try and calm them through yogic breathing, and sometimes that works, but because I’m an anxious person, about 75% of the time I just have to let it play out, until I fall asleep or am distracted by something that t...

Synopsis

Three years into her graduate studies at a demanding Boston university, the unnamed narrator of this nimbly wry, concise debut finds her one-time love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She's tormented by her failed research'”and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all by her Chinese parents, who have always expected nothing short of excellence from her thro...

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