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A debut coming-of-age novel that delicately illuminates the fullness of identity despite fractures in language, culture, and relationships

In Silver Repetition, Lily Wang's endless, perfect loops of memory and dream, loss and return, combine to create a formally inventive coming-of-age novel. Told from the perspective of a young Asian immigrant thoughtfully navigating dual identities, grief, family, migration, and modern relationships, this is a novel infused with the rich language of a poet.

Having left China for Canada with her parents as a child, Yu Yu yearns to discover who she is as she nears the end of her undergraduate degree and starts a new relationship. In urgent poetic fragments, she seeks common ground with her Canadian-born younger sister and grieves the beloved cousin she lost touch with back home. After Yu Yu receives a call from a girl making accusations, her date ghosts her. Meanwhile, her mother's illness advances like snow. On a walk in the woods, Yu Yu sees a little girl digging in the mud, but when she peeks behind the curtain of black hair, her own face haunts her.

In a moving reunion, Yu Yu 's cousin comes to visit and everyone is caught, laughing, in the rain. The novel shows how, despite the weight of grief, isolation, and difference, even the most delicate family bonds can knit together tightly enough for the future to overcome the past.

About the Author

Lily Wang (they/them) was born in Shanghai in 1997 and moved to Canada in 2004. The author of the poetry collection Saturn Peach, they have an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620978566
ISBN-10: 1620978563
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English