Empire of Glass: A Selected Bibliography

August 7th, 2017

In the mid-1990s, an American teenager, named Lao K in Chinese, stands on Coal Hill, a park in Beijing, a loop of rope in her hand. Will she assist her Chinese homestay mother, Li-Ming, who is dying of cancer, in ending her life, or will she choose another path? Twenty years later, Lao K receives a book written by Li-Ming called “Empire of Glass,” a narrative that chronicles the lives of Li-Ming and her husband, Wang, in pre and post-revolutionary China over the last half of the twentieth century. Lao K begins translating the story, which becomes the novel we are reading. But, as translator, how can Lao K separate fact from fiction, and what will her role be in the book’s final chapter?

A grand, experimental epic—Lao K’s story is told in footnotes that run throughout the book—that chronicles the seismic changes in China over the last half century through the lens of one family’s experiences, Empire of Glass is an investigation into the workings of human memory and the veracity of oral history that pushes the boundaries of language and form in stunning and unforgettable ways.


Cold Mountain Poems by Han Shan

 

Cold Mountain: 100 Poems by Burton Watson

 

Collected Songs of Cold Mountain by Red Pine

 

Poems of Han Shan by Peter Hobson

 

On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems by Paul Rouzer

 

Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain by James Lenfestey

 


About Kaitlin Solimine: Raised in New England, Kaitlin Solimine has considered China a second home for almost two decades. While majoring in East Asian Studies at Harvard University, she was a Harvard-Yenching scholar and wrote and edited Let’s Go: China (St. Martin’s Press). In 2006-2007, she was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Creative Arts Fellowship in China where she began work on her forthcoming novel, Empire of Glass. She was the Donald E. Axinn Scholar in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (2010) and graduated from the MFA program in writing at UC-San Diego (2011). She is the 2012 recipient of the Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. Her writing has been published in National Geographic News, The Wall Street Journal, Guernica Magazine, Kartika Review, The Huffington Post, The World of Chinese Magazine, China Daily, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and numerous anthologies. Her non-fiction work centers around environmental and sustainability issues, travel and exploration, expatriate culture, and US-China relations. She is the co-founder of HIPPO Reads and recently left Singapore for San Francisco. Empire of Glass just won a spot on the long list for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize!

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