Alexandra Schwartz, Joshua Rothman, and Jia Tolentino name their favorite books of 2017, which include Sally Rooney’s “Conversations with Friends” and Jenny Zhang’s “Sour Heart.”
I’ve read some stunning short story collections in 2017: Bennett Sims’s cerebral, unsettling White Dialogues; Jenny Zhang’s lush and visceral Sour Heart; Lesley Nneka Arimah’s liminal, searing What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky; and Amy Parker’s beautiful and devastating Beasts and Children. Show More Summary
We’ve recommended reading up on Jenny Zhang‘s Sour Heart before, this interview in Hazlitt is one of our favorites. “And maybe this is crude to talk about, it’s not even that I don’t want to write a memoir. Beyond that, do you understand...Show More Summary
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Confessional without the shame of confession, the best stories in Sour Heart feel like they are being poured from a girl heart right to your ear.
Sour Heart, the tremendous debut story collection by Jenny Zhang, is structured as a theme and variations, the theme being first-generation Chinese American daughters living in New York City. Each of its six narrators, speaking from a grown-up present, is a tilted mirror for the others. Show More Summary
Howdy, y’all! Guess who’s back for a second unpaid season? Why it’s The Real Housewives of Dallas. Bless their hearts, they’re giving the drama and dysfunction another go. We have two new housewives to meet and apparently these ladies have real money. Won’t that be fun! Just letting you know, this first episode is for […]
Jia Tolentino reviews Jenny Zhang’s new short-story collection, “Sour Heart,” a feminist bildungsroman that depicts a collective coming of age.
Jenny Zhang discusses her story collection Sour Heart, trying to escape the past, collective versus individual responsibility for trauma, and love as imprisonment.
The tricky thing about child narrators is that, like children themselves, they are often obnoxious. They can also be too cute, too smart, cloying, fatally earnest, or too innocent to be interesting. You want to put them to bed or kick them off the plane, or seek out the company ... More »
Jenny Zhang’s characters and scenic precision stand out in her debut collection of short stories, Sour Heart: Stories, a book that illuminates the lives of six young Chinese immigrant girls wrestling with what defines their history, family, womanhood, friendships, and themselves. Show More Summary
For Jenny Zhang, author of a debut collection of short stories, the most tragic thing about most people is what others can’t see. Her characters are filled with battle scars whose origins remain invisible.
A conversation with the writer about being shy, gross body stuff, and her gorgeous first story collection, Sour Heart.
Though Jenny Zhang first made a name for herself as a poet and online essayist, her true passion has always been writing fiction. Born in China and raised in New York, Zhang graduated from Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before returning to the city. Her first book of ... More »
Out this week: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang; Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta; The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet; New People by Danzy Senna; Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah; and White Plains by Gordon Lish. For more on these...Show More Summary
Jenny Zhang's short story collection 'Sour Heart' is the first book from Lenny, the new literary imprint from Lena Dunham. A 3-star book review.
Fans were excited to learn of Kylie's upcoming blush launch, but for many, that enthusiasm quickly soured when they learned of the shade names. As you can see above, the titles are not for the faint of heart. The five colors are named...Show More Summary
John Wick was a film that won audience’s heart with a puppy, soured it with said puppy’s death, and paid it all off with a rewarding tale of revenge. The gun-fu action was top notch, and with few words being tossed around, the all-around badass Keanu Reeves was very much in his element. Show More Summary
To hate is to treat that person with spite, to fill your heart with sourness, to live a life that is bitter and angry. And with you, I can’t do that.
Meryl Streep is a very great screen actor. That is all President-elect Trump needed to say in response to her extremely disobliging remarks about him at the Golden Globes. Such public magnanimity would have made her look sour, mean and diminished by comparison. Show More Summary