BRAISED PORK: A NOVELASIAN ART MUSEUM
One autumn morning, Jia Jia walks into the bathroom of her lavish Beijing apartment to find her husband dead. One minute she was breakfasting with him and packing for an upcoming trip, the next, she finds him motionless in their half-full bathtub. Like something out of a dream, next to the tub Jia Jia discovers a pencil sketch of a strange watery figure, an image that swims into Jia Jia’s mind and won’t leave.
The mysterious drawing launches Jia Jia on an odyssey. Unencumbered by a marriage that had constrained her, Jia Jia travels into her past to try to discover things that were left unsaid by the people closest to her. Her journey takes her to the high plains of Tibet, and even to a shadowy, watery otherworld, a place she both yearns and fears to go.
“Produces its own kind of mind trip . . . Written with a shimmering lightness that maintains, as Jia Jia thinks of her watery visions, ‘some balance between mystery and simplicity’ . . . An also tucks a touching love story into the strange proceedings, which supplies enough incentive to keep Jia Jia—and the reader—equally invested in boring old reality.”—Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
“Braised Pork’s central journey is interior: the incremental and circuitous process of a human mind trying to come to terms with itself . . . A haunting, coolly written novel . . . Intensely atmospheric.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Yu’s prose is crisp and never tedious, with bursts of startling imagery amid the otherwise restrained style.”—Karen Cheung, New York Times Book Review
An Yu was born and raised in Beijing and spent parts of her life studying and working in London, New York, and Paris. She received her M.F.A. from New York University. Her writing has appeared in The Sunday Times Style, Freeman’s, Literary Hub, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Her short stories won the Los Angeles Review Short Fiction Award. She currently lives in Hong Kong.
- Author: An Yu
- 240 pages, Hardcover
- 8 1/3 X 5 1/2 inches
- Published 2020