Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Yiyun Li

'Profoundly engaging in depth, with remarkable subtlety and rare, limpid beauty. A must-read' - Mary Gaitskill

A luminous memoir about reading, writing and how to find meaning in a life

Written over two years while the author battled depression, Dear Friend is a painful and yet richly affirming examination of what makes life worth living. Interweaving personal memoir with a wide-ranging celebration of writers and books, this is a journey of recovery through literature.

From William Trevor and Katherine Mansfield to Kierkegaard and Larkin, Yiyun Li traces the themes of time and transformation, presence and absence. Drawing on personal experiences from her difficult childhood in China, she constructs a beautiful, interior exploration of selfhood and what is required to choose life.

  • Penguin
  • Published 20th February 2018
  • 224 Pages
  • 129mm x 198mm x 14mm
  • 159g
  • £9.99