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The Sorrows of Others


Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. ET McNally Jackson Seaport, 4 Fulton St, New York, NY

On Wednesday, May 17, join Ada Zhang for a reading and conversation in person at McNally Jackson Seaport, in partnership with the Asian American Writers' Workshop, to celebrate the launch of her debut story collection, The Sorrows of Others, from A Public Space Books. Moderated by Sarah Thankam Mathews, author of All This Could Be Different

This event will be held in person at McNally Jackson Seaport. Registration is required. 

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.

Sarah Thankam Mathews

is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel All This Could Be Different. All This Could Be Different was named an NYT Editor’s Choice, chosen for multiple best-of-the-year lists, and shortlisted for the National Book Award in Fiction. Mathews' work has been honored in the Best American Short Stories anthology series and received fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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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