Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Gish Jen

Events: Breakfast with the Authors 2010 (Tickets $20)

Book: World and Town

Gish Jen is the author of three previous novels and a collection of stories. The recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, she is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The protagonist of her new novel, World and Town, is sixty-eight-year-old Hattie Kong, descendant of Confucius and daughter of an American missionary. Two years after the deaths of her husband and her best friend, it’s time for Hattie to start over. She moves to a small New England town, where she is soon joined by a Cambodian American family and an ex-lover—all of them looking for their own new lives. The novel asks deep questions about religion, home, and what “worlds” we make of the world.