Miss Sophie's Diary and Other Stories

By Ding Ling,

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Book by Ding Ling, W. J. F. Jenner

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1 author picked Miss Sophie's Diary and Other Stories as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Ding Ling’s stories are bold.

In the title story, Ling grants us access to the diaries of Miss Sophie, a young woman living in Beijing ill with tuberculosis who grapples with her attraction to guys, gals, idiots, and the jealous–all while latticing these contradictions together through a diary. Sophie spouts sick burns like she’s made for Twitter.

And if that wasn’t enough, much of the other stories seem like autofiction, documenting her time as a communist revolutionary in jail, like how in “A Certain Night,” we see the protagonist in jail writing the story that comes later in the collection…

From Joe's list on coming-of-age while Asian.

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