Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han audiobook

Nights When Nothing Happened: A Novel

By Simon Han
Read by James Chen

Penguin Audio
7.16 Hours 1
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Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, and Harper's Bazaar “A tender, spiky family saga about love in all its mysterious incarnations.” —Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs and Birds of America “Absolutely luminous . . . Weaves the transience of suburbia between the highs and lows of a family saga . . . Shocks, awes, and delights.” —Bryan Washington, author of Memorial From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn’t this what they sacrificed so much for? But then little Annabel begins to sleepwalk at night, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them but force to the surface the secrets that have made them fear one another. How can a man make peace with the terrors of his past? How can a child regain trust in unconditional love? How can a family stop burying its history and forge a way through it, to a more honest intimacy? Nights When Nothing Happened is gripping storytelling immersed in the crosscurrents that have reshaped the American landscape, from a prodigious new literary talent.

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Summary

Summary

Nominated for the Reading the West Book Award

A Time Magazine Book of the Year

A Harper’s Bazaar Pick of the Year's Best Books

A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, and Harper's Bazaar “A tender, spiky family saga about love in all its mysterious incarnations.” —Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs and Birds of America “Absolutely luminous . . . Weaves the transience of suburbia between the highs and lows of a family saga . . . Shocks, awes, and delights.” —Bryan Washington, author of Memorial From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn’t this what they sacrificed so much for? But then little Annabel begins to sleepwalk at night, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them but force to the surface the secrets that have made them fear one another. How can a man make peace with the terrors of his past? How can a child regain trust in unconditional love? How can a family stop burying its history and forge a way through it, to a more honest intimacy? Nights When Nothing Happened is gripping storytelling immersed in the crosscurrents that have reshaped the American landscape, from a prodigious new literary talent.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Absolutely luminous…Weaves the transience of suburbia between the highs and lows of a family saga.” Bryan Washington, author of Memorial
“Narrator James Chen transports listeners to a quiet Dallas suburb in Han’s literary fiction debut.” AudioFile
“A tender, spiky family saga about love in all its mysterious incarnations.” Lorrie Moore, New York Times bestselling author
“A poignant study of the immigrant experience.” Washington Post
“A deeply affecting portrait of one family’s immigrant experience—and the toll that the American Dream takes on those who chase it.” Harper’s Bazaar
“Reminds us what it’s like navigating a foreign country.” New York Times Book Review
‘Han elegantly takes aim at suburban racism, generational trauma, and the secrets we keep from one another in order to stay afloat.” Esquire

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Author

Author Bio: Simon Han

Author Bio: Simon Han

Simon Han is an author who has won several fiction awards and arts fellowships. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Texas Observer, Guernica, Iowa Review, Electric Literature, LiteraryHub, and the Texas Observer. He was born in Tianjin, China, and raised in various cities in Texas. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tulsa.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English