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The Sorrows of Others


Monday, May 22, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. CT BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX

On Monday, May 22, join Ada Zhang for a reading and conversation in person at BookPeople, in partnership with American Short Fiction, to celebrate the launch of her debut story collection, The Sorrows of Others, from A Public Space Books. Moderated by Willie Fitzgerald.

This event will be held in person at BookPeople. Capacity is limited, and registration is recommended.

Ada Zhang

is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and now lives in New York City where she is an associate editor at Running Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. In 2023, she was selected as a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree. The Sorrows of Others is her first book.

Willie Fitzgerald

His short stories have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, Joyland Magazine, The Stranger and elsewhere. He is a 2022-2023 Writing Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, and was the inaugural Mari Sabusawa Editorial Fellow at American Short Fiction, where he is now a contributing editor.

The Sorrows of Others

In New York City, an art student finds an unexpected subject when she moves in with a grandmother from Xi’an, and boundaries are put into question. When a newlywed couple moves to Arizona, adapting to unfamiliar customs keeps their marriage from falling apart. A woman grapples with what it means to care for another, and the limits of that care, when her dying husband returns from Beijing years after abandoning her. And during a rainy summer in Texas, a visitor exposes the unspoken but unburiable history that binds two families together. Ada Zhang writes with startling honesty and love about lives young and old, in a stunning debut that explores what happens when we leave home and what happens when we stay, and the selves we meet and shed in the process of becoming.

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