Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Among the many pleasures of the #TolstoyTogether group [is] seeing how much we’ve read reminds me I’ve been traveling all along, and not alone.
Based on the War and Peace virtual book club hosted by A Public Space and Yiyun Li, a guide and companion to Tolstoy’s masterpiece, with Li’s daily observations on the novel, writing, and “the solidity and structure” literature provides in unsettled times; highlights from each day’s conversation; prompts for readers; and newly commissioned essays.
Yiyun Li is the author of seven books, including Where Reasons End, which received the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award; the essay collection Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life; and the novels The Vagrants and Must I Go. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Windham-Campbell Prize, among other honors. A contributing editor to A Public Space, she teaches at Princeton University.
The brilliant novelist Yiyun Li has started a “War and Peace” book club online at A Public Space. You read twelve pages a day of “War and Peace” in a whole community of readers. And the next thing you know, you have read “War and Peace,” which is terrific. —Ann Patchett, PBS Newshour
Tolstoy Together “embodies the common humanity… a paradoxically rich connection with strangers who are widely dispersed yet linked by their predicaments and imaginations…. Thousands of isolated souls are on the same page.”
—Alix Christie, Economist
Among the many pleasures of the #TolstoyTogether group, while life has often felt on pause (which has ups and downs to it) seeing how much we’ve read reminds me I’ve been traveling all along, and not alone.