Hunger: A Novella and Stories (Paperback)

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A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of celebrated author Lan Samantha Chang’s searing debut, “a work of gorgeous, enduring prose” (Helen C. Wan, Washington Post).


A powerful exploration of the Asian American experience, Hunger weaves the forces of war and magic, food and desire, ghosts and family into haunting tales of love and loss. The characters who inhabit this extraordinary collection are caught between the burden of their past and the fragility of their unchartered future. Hunger illuminates the experiences of first-generation immigrants from China, culturally and emotionally uprooted from their homeland, who mistrust connection even as they hunger for attachment—and how their choices shape their children.


“[Lan Samantha Chang’s] stories constitute a delicately calculated balance sheet of the losses and gains of immigrants whose lives are stretched between two radically different cultures. . . . Complex and rueful, her fiction gives voice to internal struggles, withheld catalogues of loss.” —Claire Messud, New York Times


“Moving and thought-provoking. . . . Chang's stories open up to readers a world of sadness and regret.” —Chicago Tribune



About the Author


Lan Samantha Chang is the author of three novels: The Family Chao, Inheritance, and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Her work has been translated into nine languages. The director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in Iowa City.

Praise For…


Impeccable. . . . Delicately specific tales of Chinese immigrant life . . . capturing the universal struggles of the human heart. . . . So luminous is this collection, the result is something like a pearl.
— San Diego Union-Tribune

Elegant.… A delicately calculated balance sheet of the losses and gains of immigrants whose lives are stretched between two radically different cultures.
— The New York Times Book Review

A work of gorgeous, enduring prose.
— Washington Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9781324064565
ISBN-10: 1324064560
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English