Virtual events for Te-Ping Chen’s story collection, Land of Big Numbers

Here at NüVoices, we couldn’t be more proud or more excited that our community member Te-Ping Chen’s debut short story collection is launching on February 2nd!
Read on for the glowing reviews and synopsis below, and register now for the book launch event on Feb. 2 and subsequent book talks this month!
A Most Anticipated Title of 2021 from Esquire · Elle · O Magazine · Newsweek · Buzzfeed · Refinery29 and more!“Gripping and illuminating . . . At the heart of Te-Ping Chen’s remarkable debut lies a question all too relevant in 21st Century America: What is freedom?” —Jennifer Egan

“Immensely rewarding, from the first sentence to the last . . . An exceptional collection.” —Charles Yu

A “stirring and brilliant” debut story collection, offering vivid portrayals of the men and women of modern China and its diaspora, “both love letter and sharp social criticism,” from a phenomenal new literary talent bringing great “insight from her years as a reporter with the Wall Street Journal” (Elle).

Gripping and compassionate, Land of Big Numbers traces the journeys of the diverse and legion Chinese people, their history, their government, and how all of that has tumbled—messily, violently, but still beautifully—into the present.

Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen’s stories coalesce into a portrait of a people striving for openings where mobility is limited. Twins take radically different paths: one becomes a professional gamer, the other a political activist. A woman moves to the city to work at a government call center and is followed by her violent ex-boyfriend. A man is swept into the high-risk, high-reward temptations of China’s volatile stock exchange. And a group of people sit, trapped for no reason, on a subway platform for months, waiting for official permission to leave.

With acute social insight, Te-Ping Chen layers years of experience reporting on the ground in China with incantatory prose in this taut, surprising debut, proving herself both a remarkable cultural critic and an astonishingly accomplished new literary voice.

Te-Ping Chen and Charles Yu, Land of Big Numbers book launch (w/the Asian American Writers’ Workshop)
Feb 2, 7pm ET

Crossing Borders via Music & Literature — A Conversation on Creative Works as Promoters of U.S.- China Cross-Cultural Understanding        Feb 2, 12:30 pm ET https://illuminations.uci.edu/events/2021_2_2_CrossingBordersviaMusicandLiterature.html 

Te-Ping Chen & Shruti Swamy w/Alexandra Chang (in conjunction w/Philly’s Blue Stoop)

Feb 4, 7pm ET
Te-Ping Chen, in conversation with Jiayang Fan, discusses Land of Big Numbers: Stories (hosted by Book Soup in Los Angeles)
Feb. 9, 6pm PT
TE-PING CHEN’s fiction has been published in, or is forthcoming from, The New Yorker, Granta, Guernica, Tin House, and The Atlantic. A reporter with the Wall Street Journal, she was previously a correspondent for the paper in Beijing and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Journal in 2012, she spent a year in China as a Fulbright fellow. She lives in Philadelphia.