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When Moran, Ruyu, and Boyang were young, they were involved in a mysterious “accident” in which a friend of theirs was poisoned. Grown up, the three friends are separated by distance and personal estrangement. Moran and Ruyu live in the United States, Boyang in China; all three are haunted by what really happened in their youth, and by doubt about themselves. In California, Ruyu helps a local woman care for her family and home, and avoids entanglements, as she has done all her life. In Wisconsin, Moran visits her ex-husband, whose kindness once overcame her flight into solitude. In Beijing, Boyang struggles to deal with an inability to love, and with the outcome of what happened among the three friends twenty years ago. 

Brilliantly written, a breathtaking page-turner, Kinder Than Solitude resonates with provocative observations about human nature and life. In mesmerizing prose, and with profound insight, Yiyun Li unfolds this remarkable story, even as she explores the impact of personality and the past on the shape of a person’s present and future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Yiyun Li has such an authentic voice, and she is not afraid of cutting to the bone to get to the truth of relationships and emotions. I believe Kinder Than Solitude is her best novel yet.”

    Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author

  • “There’s something about the poise, the tidiness, the seemingly effortless calm of Yiyun Li’s writing that makes it easy to see her as an author who, like Jhumpa Lahiri, employs a Chekovian neutrality… But look again…There’s a withering, vibrating sarcasm at work in the juxtaposition of national and personal tragedies.”

    New York Times

  • “Illuminating, morally complex, and symphonic…a sweeping novel of struggle, survival, and love in the time of oppression.”

    Oprah Magazine, praise for The Vagrants

  • “An example of the treasure an artist can fashion from the raw materials of ordinary existence.”

    New York Times Book Review, praise for Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

  • “Beautifully paced, exquisitely detailed…a spellbinding vision of the power of the human spirit.”

    Chicago Tribune, praise for The Vagrants

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Longlisted for the 2015 PEN Literary Award
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About the Author
Author Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. In 2007, Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, A Public Space, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories, among others. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and sons.