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The Sorrows of Others


Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. ET Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY

On Thursday, May 25, celebrate Ada Zhang's The Sorrows of Others as one of the 2023 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honorees. Enjoy an evening of readings from the writers’ debut works and conversation alongside their selectors. Hosted by Wajahat Ali, public speaker, recovering attorney, and author of Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on Becoming American.

This event will be held in person at the Brooklyn Museum and is open to the public. Tickets are 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. The Sorrows of Others is her first book.

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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