Meet the Author: Lucy Tan

On the evening of July 24th at 7 pm, the Livingston Public Library is very happy to present a Meet the Author event with young writer Lucy Tan and her debut novel “What We Were Promised”

 Lucy Tan was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey and went to Livingston High School, though  she has spent most of the past 10 years  in New York and Shanghai.

She received her B.A. from New York University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the 2016 August Derleth Prize. Her fiction has been published in journals such as Asia Literary Review and Ploughshares, where she was the fiction winner of the 2015 Emerging Writer's Contest.

Her stories explore these and other spaces, with special focus on characters who have a shifting sense of what they call “home”.

This fall she will join the UW faculty as the 2018-19 James C. McCreight Fellow in Fiction.

Below is a description of her debut novel:
After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city.

One morning, in the eighth tower of Lanson Suites, Lina discovers that a treasured ivory bracelet has gone missing. This incident sets off a wave of unease that ripples throughout the Zhen household. Wei, a marketing strategist, bows under the guilt of not having engaged in nobler work. Meanwhile, Lina, lonely in her new life of leisure, assumes the modern moniker taitai-a housewife who does no housework at all. She is haunted by the circumstances surrounding her arranged marriage to Wei and her lingering feelings for his brother, Qiang. Sunny, the family's housekeeper, is a keen but silent observer of these tensions. An unmarried woman trying to carve a place for herself in society, she understands the power of well-kept secrets. When Qiang reappears in Shanghai after decades on the run with a local gang, the family must finally come to terms with the past and its indelible mark on their futures.

From a silk-producing village in rural China, up the corporate ladder in suburban America, and back again to the post-Maoist nouveaux riches of modern Shanghai, What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves.

The book has garnered a lot of positive reviews and praised as one of the most anticipated books of the summer; it has been named one of “60 books we can’t wait to read in 2018 by Huffington Post.
You can learn more about Lucy at lucyrtan.com

Join us as Lucy discusses her experiences writing the book, life as a young writer, and the story behind the book.  Friends of the Library will have copies of her well reviewed novel available for purchase. The event is free and open to all.

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Tue, July 24
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
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On the evening of July 24th at 7 pm, the Livingston Public Library is very happy to present a Meet the Author event with young writer Lucy Tan and her debut novel “What We Were Promised”

Lucy Tan was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey and went to Livingston High School, though she has spent most of the past 10 years in New York and Shanghai.

She received her B.A. from ...

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