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On the night of June Fourth a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of timeWhen Su Lan dies unexpe. Giving up at 25% I just can t seem to connect with the distance I m feeling from these characters

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Little Gods

Ctedly seventeen years later it is her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life Liya who grew up in America takes her mother’s ashes to China Liya’s memories are joined by those of two others Zhu Wen the woman last to know Su Lan. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewI have a lot of complicated feelings about this one which always seems to be the case with three star books Little Gods features three main characters who are all connected to a fourth character Su Lan their perspectives combine to create a portrait of her Zhu Wen lived in the same building as Su Lan in Shanghai and helped her raise her infant daughter Yongzong went to school with Su Lan and later married her leaving her on the day of their daughter s birth And Liya is Su Lan s only child who spent most of her life in America but returns to China with her mother s ashesThe characters were easily what I liked best about this book they were complex and realistic and sympathetic and flawed I appreciated the deep dive into the three main characters lives Over the course of this short book I came to understand their histories motivations and personalities surprisingly intimately Learning about Su Lan through their eyes with only their memories and impressions of her and no insight into her innermost thoughts and feelings was fascinating It makes you wonder what people think about you and what they ll remember about you after you re goneThere were a few things that bothered me about the writing style the lack of uotation marks to indicate when characters are speaking the use of second person language when Zhu Wen or Yongzong referred to Liya Nothing I thought was objectively bad but things that subjectively just weren t to my taste I always prefer when authors stick to the traditional way of writing rather than getting all experimental which distracts from the story Maybe that s why literary fiction isn t my favorite genre In addition the brief explanations of the theoretical physics concepts that Su Lan studied were over my head Little Gods navigates the relationships between people friends husbands and wives mothers and daughters It seamlessly explores themes of immigration disability grief memory revolution and the forward movement of time I m torn between three and four stars because I wasn t consistently drawn into the story and for the most part found it easy to put down although there were points especially toward the end when it succeeded in making me feel very strongly

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Before she left China and Yongzong the father Liya has never known In this way a portrait of Su Lan emerges an ambitious scientist an ambivalent mother and a woman whose relationship to her own past shapes and ultimately unmakes Liya’s own sense of displacemen. With rich attentive writing Meng Jin transports us through both time and territory to late 20th century China in a novel about the complexities of long lost family ties Told as a series of stories about a mother to her daughter from the perspectives of her former neighbor and classmate we follow Liya as she tries to uncover who her mother really was The neighbor Zhu Wen lived next door to Liya and her mother Su Lan when they lived in Shanghai Her classmate Yongzong was an academic rival of Su Lan s as teenagers who knew her well into young adulthood Both of these people had complicated relationships with Liya s mother and ended up being formative in one another s lives than any of them could have imagined There s not a lot of storyline to give away most of the narrative is in the past tense being recounted by one person to another The biggest plot points take place during the Tiananmen Suare demonstrations and the student led democracy protests act as a backdrop to the events of the book This works well with the family conflicts surrounding Liya and Su Lan but also are significant moments in China s history that the state refuses to acknowledge today The portions I found the most difficult to get through concerned Yongzong and whatever bullshit he was doing It s becoming harder and harder for me to empathize with emotional mediocre men who blame and use women to cover up their own failings The fact that so much was familiar in him just highlights how common it is for women to pander to the petty whims of supposed good men I ll admit to skimming parts of his explanationsI liked this book a lot overall especially Jin s writing I m a sucker for a good roving perspective so this was right up my alley It s not a fast paced book and I can see how some readers might not appreciate the meandering storytelling the author prefers here I can t give this higher than four stars even though there s not anything wrong per say Just a bit slow and not a lot actually well happens The ending is pretty bleak too The final chapter entitled The Beginning is an unnecessary point to finish on I d recommend skipping it But Meng Jin writes lovely the cover is gorgeous and I d definitely want to read from her

10 thoughts on “Little Gods

  1. says:

    Really strong idea Strong writing Interesting structure At times I struggled to hold everything together Wanted less narrative distance But still this is an excellent novel Well worth your time

  2. says:

    Giving up at 25% I just can’t seem to connect with the distance I’m feeling from these characters

  3. says:

    As I sit down to write this review I’m struggling a bit because I’m trying to figure out what my feelings are toward this book Normally when I read a book I will either gravitate towards one side or another in terms of liking the book or not liking it – interestingly enough this is actually one of those rare instances where I feel ambi

  4. says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    Reading Meng Jin’s “Little Gods” was like trying to remember and to note a dream The whole novel felt dream like to me changing in time and place “Little Gods” is a story of an impoverished young Chinese girl who breaks out of her des

  6. says:

    Overall I liked this book a lot This is Meng Jin’s debut novel so I hope there is of writing to come in the futureYou can get a synopsis of the book from Goodreadsthe one thing that I liked was her description of certain concepts of physics The passage of time we normally think of as moving one way and she discussed through physics that is not necessarily so She did not use high faluting terms so as to discombobulate the reader

  7. says:

    This was an elegant story about a young woman trying to understand her parents after her mother’s death She returns to China to also try to find her father The author plays a bit with time and perspective but these aspects weren’t as fully developed as I would have liked Actually a lot of the book could have been fleshed out but I really liked the writing and the concept for the story 35⭐️

  8. says:

    I don't know how to describe Little Gods but I liked it very much Su Lan's story is told by her neighbor friend husband and daughter None of them really has the full picture and even with all of their perspectives she is an enigma This is a puzzling unpredictable novel that pulled me into its orbit It ended leaving me disoriented and uestioning and unexpectedly moved

  9. says:

    With rich attentive writing Meng Jin transports us through both time and territory to late 20th century China in

  10. says:

    Meng Jin’s debut novel Little Gods is such a gorgeously constructed story It’s built on a sturdy frame decorated beautifully but it will have some readers scratching their heads saying but what is it? What does it mean? And that is to sa

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