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The Sorrows of Others


Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. ET Yu & Me Books, 44 Mulberry St, New York, NY

On Wednesday, June 21, join Ada Zhang for a reading and conversation in person at Yu & Me Books to celebrate the launch of her debut story collection, The Sorrows of Others, from A Public Space Books. Moderated by Sidik Fofana, author of Stories from The Tenants Downstairs.

This event will be held in person at Yu & Me Books.

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.

Sidik Fofana

was a 2018 Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. His work has appeared in the Sewanee Review. His debut novel, Stories from The Tenants Downstairs, was published by Scribner in 2022, which won a Whiting Award in Fiction. Sidik Fofana earned an MFA from New York University. He lives with his wife and son in New York City, where he is a public school teacher.

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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