Yiyun Li: One-way Correspondence
Yiyun Li is a writer who is as playful and dexterous as she is shrewdly literary, applying her sheer talent with intimacy and empathy, and playing with notions of truth and fiction.
Her 2017 memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, dealt deftly with questions about why we write, why we read and why we live – ideas that are woven throughout her novels and short stories in ways which are both surprising and deeply comforting for her readers.
She is the author of books spanning short stories, novels and memoir, and her work inspires plaudits from contemporaries including Max Porter and Meg Wolitzer. Li talks about her latest novel, Must I Go, with writer and critic Jay G Ying.