Not since Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan has a fiction writer explored with such powerful intensity the experience of being Asian American. The characters who inhabit this extraordinary fictional debut are caught between the burden of their past history and the fragility of their unchartered future. Hunger illuminates how first-generation immigrants from China, culturally and emotionally uprooted from their homeland, mistrust connection even as they hunger for attachment—and how the past affects and shapes their children.
In luminous prose, these stories of love and loss explore the profound and painful ties between husband and wife, parent and child, sister and sister. The stunning title novella is told by a woman whose love for an exiled musician compels her into a tragic marriage in which her husband's unfulfilled desires nearly destroy their children. In other stories, a ghost seduces a young girl into a flooded river; a mother commands a daughter to avenge her father's death.
Lan Samantha Chang weaves the forces of war and magic, food and desire, ghosts and family, into haunting tales. Again and again, Chang asks the question: is love not a kind of burden, stifling and terrifying in the choices and responsibilities it forces on us? And yet we yearn for it, define ourselves by our experience of it, cannot live without it.
Eunice Wong is a Juilliard-trained, award-winning actor and narrator. She's recorded for Penguin Random House, Audible, Tantor, Harper, and others, and performed professionally across the US. Director Paul Ruben calls her "an exceptionally talented, intuitive actress & storyteller [who] connects the listener to every emotional nuance in the author's words." Born in Toronto, with parents from Hong Kong, she's "audiobook-fluent" in Cantonese, French, and Mandarin. She's always open to books that aren't ethnically specific. (Her Canadian accent was poonded oot of her at Juilliard, but still available on request.) She's taught poetry in a men's super-max prison, lived in Kyrgyzstan with nomads, and swum with stingrays. Eunice lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family and two lazy greyhounds.