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The Long View: New Fiction from Edmund White and Yiyun Li


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Friday, 7:30 pm EDT July 31, 2020

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Join us online as authors Yiyun Li and Edmund White discuss their upcoming novels, which detail their characters’ whole lives and how their choices affected their fates.

Yiyun’s Must I Go is an epistolary story centered on an elderly woman who has outlived three husbands, raised five children, and seen the arrival of seventeen grandchildren. Now she has turned her keen attention to a strange little book published by a vanity press: the diary of a long-forgotten man named Roland Bouley, with whom she once had a fleeting affair. Edmund’s A Saint from Texas is a bold and sweeping story that traces the extraordinary fates of twin sisters, one destined for Parisian nobility and the other for Catholic sainthood.



  • Portrait of Yiyun Li 06/06/2016 ©Basso CANNARSA/Opale

    Yiyun Li

    Yiyun Li

    Yiyun Li is the author of seven books, including Where Reasons End, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Award; and the novel Must I Go, which will be published by Random House in July 2020. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Windham-Campbell Prize, among other honors. She teaches at Princeton University.

    Author photo courtesy of Basso CANNARSA/Opale.

  • Edmund White credit Andrew Fladeboe

    Edmund White

    Edmund White

    Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, The Unpunished Vice, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. He was named the 2018 winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and received the National Book Foundation’s 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York.

    Author photo courtesy of Andrew Fladeboe.