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Lan Samantha Chang on The Family Chao with Yaa Gyasi

March 2, 2022 via Zoom

Lan Samantha Chang (Hunger, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost) triumphantly returns with a “gorgeous and gripping literary mystery” and one of the most anticipated novels in 2022. In The Family Chao, the residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao Restaurant’s delicious Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, happy to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners, but when brash, charismatic, and tyrannical patriarch Leo Chao is found dead, presumed murdered, his sons discover that they’ve drawn the exacting gaze of the entire town. Ghanaian American novelist Yaa Gyasi, award-winning author of Homegoing, joined Lan Samantha Chang for a conversation on Chang’s kaleidoscopic, highly entertaining portrait of a Chinese American family grappling with the dark undercurrents of a seemingly pleasant small town.

In Conversation

  • Lan Samantha Chang (c) Ife Oluwa Nihinlola - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Lan Samantha Chang

    Lan Samantha Chang

    Lan Samantha Chang is the award-winning author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. The director of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she lives in Iowa City.

    Photo Credit: Ife Oluwa Nihinlola

  • Gyasi_Yaa_Peter Hurley. Vilcek Foundation 2020 - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Yaa Gyasi

    Yaa Gyasi

    Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, won her the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honors for 2016, and the American Book Award. Her follow-up novel, Transcendent Kingdom, was an instant New York Times bestseller. She lives in Brooklyn.

    Photo Credit: Peter Hurley