Pangs of Love and Other Writings
First issued in 1991, Pangs of Love introduced David Wong Louie's bold storytelling. The son of Chinese immigrants, he centered his stories around characters who are in conflict with their place in the world, disconnected from both American society and their own families. The depth of his portrayals renders their experiences of love, envy, loneliness, loss, and duty universal—informed by their heritage yet not confined by it. These twelve short stories and one essay swerve from the absurd to longing for love, understanding, or simply a morsel of food.
Pangs of Love and Other Writings makes Louie's debut book available again, along with an additional short story and an extraordinary autobiographical essay, "Eat, Memory," in which he reflects on life without food after throat cancer took away his ability to swallow. Pulitzer Prize–winner Viet Thanh Nguyen contributes a foreword elucidating Louie's role in shaping contemporary Asian American literature, while an afterword by literary scholar King-Kok Cheung retraces the three phases of Louie's career.
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"Louie sneaks up on his readers—his stories crystallize in explosions of pathos and wit."—San Diego Tribune
"These stories are lovely."—New York Newsday
"Pangs of Love is an American classic. I return to these stories over and over again and never tire of them. They read as fresh and vibrant today as they did in 1991 when they debuted with much fanfare. These stories ring true and universal as they navigate the themes of immigrant dreams, intergenerational anxieties, troubled love and all that subtle and difficult stuff of American life. I am deeply grateful for these stories that David Louie has bestowed upon us."—Marilyn Chin, Author, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen
Other Titles by King-Kok Cheung
Other Titles from Classics of Asian American Literature