Liz highly, highly, HIGHLY recommends Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li.
Please, trust me, this is an extraordinary book. An epiphany. I have read many wonderful books this year, but none compares to this book. (Well, The Changeling, by Kenzaburo Oe, comes close.)
Yiyun Li is a great author, and I loved her novel Vagrants, but this book of her short shroties is even better, and that is saying a lot. The beauty of her writing moves me to tears. It just doesn't get better than this.
Please read this book. If you want to know more, come in the store and ask me.