Each story in Hao pulses with life—with all its pain and beauty—and the power of language to transform it. They all, in a way, revolve around Chinese women past and present and their entanglements with motherhood, migration, and trauma. Ye’s prose is searingly honest, paying close attention to those tiny gaps in relationships where loneliness and love reside, and the ways in which we try to bridge those gulfs with communication. Both meditative and fierce, these stories will hold your heart long after you close the book.
Hao by Ye Chun, (List Price: 26, Catapult, 9781646220601, September 2021)
Reviewed by Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia