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The four stories in J. David Stevens’s I and You focus on immigrants and their families, characters trying to find the merge point between the China of a previous generation and America today. A teenage son puzzles over his father’s obsession with American football. A Texas lesbian falls for an international graduate student. A divorced middle-aged woman tries to right an old wrong in the life of a man for whom she serves as caregiver. Through episodes where intimacy falters in the face of palpable distance, characters must confront unknowable details in the lives of even those closest to them: parents, lovers, confidantes. These are ghost stories of a kind, tales of what was lost and what was let go during the cultural journey from East to West.
Arc Pair Press
Chinese Americans, United States, short stories, immigrants
School of Arts and Sciences
East Asian Languages and Societies | English Language and Literature
Stevens, J. David. I and You. Tacoma, Washington: Arc Pair Press, 2019.
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