Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Yiyun Li's six favorite novels

Yiyun Li's new novel is Kinder Than Solitude.

One of her six favorite books, as shared with The Week magazine:
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Anne Elliot lets a friend convince her to dissolve an engagement with her beloved. Eight years later, when he reappears, she grieves yet does not let her grief overwhelm her judgment. Persuasion was Austen’s last and most mature novel, one that, uniquely, relies on things unsaid and feelings left unexpressed.
Read about the other books on the list. 

Persuasion is among Joanna Trollope's six best books, Paula Byrne's ten best Jane Austen characters, Marjorie Kehe's list of ten perfect books for Valentine's Day gifts, Howard Jacobson's 5 favorite literary heroines and top ten novels of sexual jealousy, Elizabeth Buchan's top ten books guaranteed to give comfort during the ending of a relationship, and appears on John Mullan's list of ten of the best concerts in literature.

The Page 99 Test: Persuasion.

--Marshal Zeringue