Where Reasons End

Where Reasons End A brilliant writer imagines a fictional conversation between a mother and the teenage son she lost to suicide Yiyun Li confronts grief and transforms it into art in a book of surprising beauty and lo
  • Title: Where Reasons End
  • Author: Yiyun Li
  • ISBN: 198481737
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Where Reasons End
    A brilliant writer imagines a fictional conversation between a mother and the teenage son she lost to suicide Yiyun Li confronts grief and transforms it into art, in a book of surprising beauty and love.The narrator writes, I had but one delusion, which I held onto with all my willpower we once gave Nikolai a life of flesh and blood and I m doing it over again, this ti A brilliant writer imagines a fictional conversation between a mother and the teenage son she lost to suicide Yiyun Li confronts grief and transforms it into art, in a book of surprising beauty and love.The narrator writes, I had but one delusion, which I held onto with all my willpower we once gave Nikolai a life of flesh and blood and I m doing it over again, this time by words. Written in the months after the author lost a child to suicide and composed as a story cycle, this conversation between mother and child unfolds in a timeless world Deeply intimate, poignant, and moving, these conversations portray the love and complexity in a relationship across generations, even as they capture the pain of sadness, longing, and loss.In writing this book, Yiyun Li was inspired by a line from Proust s Remembrance of Things Past Ideas come to us as the successors to griefs, and griefs, at the moment when they change into ideas, lose some part of their power to injure the heart the transformation itself, even, for an instant, releases suddenly a little joy Meeting life s deepest sorrow with originality, precision and poise, Where Reasons End is suffused with intimacy, inescapable pain, and fierce love Get A Copy Kindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Ha
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  • Yiyun Li

    Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China and moved to the United States in 1996 She received an MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review,and elsewhere She has received a Whiting Writers Award and was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX Her debut Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China and moved to the United States in 1996 She received an MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review,and elsewhere She has received a Whiting Writers Award and was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award, PEN Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction She was recently selected as one of Granta s 21 Best of Young American Novelists She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons, and teaches at University of California, Davis

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  • The unspeakable is a wound that stays open always, always, and forever There is no good language when it comes to the unspeakable, I thought There is no precision, no originality, no perfection In the case of Yiyun Li s novel Where Reasons End, the unspeakable is the suicide of the narrator s 16 year old son, Nikolai a boy the same age as Li s own son was when he took his own life This book, written in the aftermath of that suicide, is a series of imagined discussions between Nikolai a The unspe [...]


  • This short novel imagines a series of conversations between a grieving mother and her dead son Ostensibly it is about grief and the questions that arise after the sudden loss of a loved one A loved one that should not have died first However, I really didn t find this book all that emotionally moving Some people will describe the mother son interactions as witty, but for me, the son s voice is very snarky In some ways, this tone keeps the book from being maudlin But I will admit to thinkin This [...]


  • Unspeakably beautiful and indescribably heartbreaking, for reasons obvious and uncannily personal It s been some time since a book left me such a guttural, whimpering wreck.


  • via my blog Since Nikolai s death I had asked people to send poems They came like birds from different lands, each carrying its own mourning notes I felt the deep sorrow expressed in this novel so much I researched the author I wondered, did she herself lose a son to suicide, only to discover about Yuyin Li s own breakdown Li wrote a memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life while she was struggling with deep depression In Wher via my blog Since Nikolai s death I had asked peo [...]


  • Where would reasons end The Chilean writer Roberto Bola o once said in an interview I don t think reason has anything to do with parent children relationships, not at all Perhaps from the perspective of a child, reason does impose itself, but from the perspective of a parent, it s very difficult to impose reason Is parenthood a precursor to the end of reason Yiyun Li s third novel, Where Reasons End, is entirely composed of a dialogue between a mother and her dead son, interspersed sporadi Where [...]


  • I am struggling with understanding the description of the book from this publisher and can not determine whether or not the author wrote this following the death of her own son, as that s what the description implies Is that is the case, wherereasonsend by yiyunli is a book that I think perhaps should not have been written Composed in the early months following the suicide of her sixteen year old son, this book tells about a fictional meeting between an author and her deceased son While I t I am [...]


  • This beautifully written novel examines the effects of suicide on those left behind Written as a conversation between a mother and her dead 16 year old son, the mother reveals she herself was like him and this has enabled her to create a world where she can still talk to him What the following conversation reveals is that the reasons for suicide can never be known to those left behind and that the consequences of that loss are a never ending grief that no words can describe This novel will ha Th [...]


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