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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 A Chinese Affair
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'Sixteen exquisite stories exploring recent Chinese migration to Australia and elsewhere, exploring intergenerational and interracial relationships, the search for meaning, and the effects of isolation and the inability to express oneself in a second language. Best-selling author, Debra Adelaide, says Isabelle Li's prose is powerful, exquisite and finely tuned, and each story draws us deeper into the complex emotional and cultural dilemmas of characters who are solitary, sensitive, perceptive and powerless, sometimes all at once. 'What does it take to master a second language, to be so skilled in that language that you're published in it? Chinese/Australian writer and translator Isabelle Li reminds us that learning to love an adopted language does not come without its struggles.' ABC Radio National' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Michael

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Witchcliffe, Margaret River area, Busselton - Augusta area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,: Margaret River Press , 2016 .
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      Extent: 340p.
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      • Publication date 01 July 2016
      ISBN: 9780994316769

Works about this Work

Isabelle Li, A Chinese Affair Ben Eldridge , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 76 no. 3 2017;
'One of the most striking elements of Isabelle Li’s A Chinese Affair is its sense of melancholy. Her inaugural short story collection is comprised of sixteen subtly oppressive tales, divided into four suites; nearly all are starkly told, and haunted by the weight of what remains unarticulated. There is an authorial confidence to A Chinese Affair that belies its existence as a debut collection; showing a restraint that tends to elude many (younger) writers. In fact, I suspect that the collection as a whole may prove to be understated to the point of frustration for many readers: many of the tales are devoid of clear resolutions, startlingly opaque on even the most basic level of narrative...' (Introduction)
Gay Lynch Reviews A Chinese Affair by Isabelle Li Gay Lynch , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Mascara , April no. 20 2017;

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
'In 2016, I met short story writer and poetry translator Isabelle Li at the inaugural Australian Short Story Festival in Perth. In conversation she conveys a graceful attentiveness. She tells me that she values the Chinese artistic tradition of training and craftsmanship and hopes her debut collection of stories will appeal to a broad readership.' (Introduction)
Isabelle Li, A Chinese Affair SR , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 16 July 2016;

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
'There are 16 stories in Isabelle Li’s uneven debut collection, A Chinese Affair. Most have been published previously in literary journals and anthologies. The best are moody and slow-burning with moments of startling revelation, while others dawdle in exposition or oddly dreamlike dialogue. ...'
[Review] Isabelle Li, A Chinese Affair Saba Idris , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 9 no. 1 2016;

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
Review : A Chinese Affair Judith Grace , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , September 2016; (p. 35)

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
Isabelle Li, A Chinese Affair SR , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 16 July 2016;

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
'There are 16 stories in Isabelle Li’s uneven debut collection, A Chinese Affair. Most have been published previously in literary journals and anthologies. The best are moody and slow-burning with moments of startling revelation, while others dawdle in exposition or oddly dreamlike dialogue. ...'
A Chinese Affair Review : Isabelle Li's Tales of Chinese Migration to Australia Cameron Woodhead , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 2 September 2016;

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
Review : A Chinese Affair Judith Grace , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , September 2016; (p. 35)

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
[Review] Isabelle Li, A Chinese Affair Saba Idris , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 9 no. 1 2016;

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
Gay Lynch Reviews A Chinese Affair by Isabelle Li Gay Lynch , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Mascara , April no. 20 2017;

— Review of A Chinese Affair Isabelle Li 2016 selected work short story
'In 2016, I met short story writer and poetry translator Isabelle Li at the inaugural Australian Short Story Festival in Perth. In conversation she conveys a graceful attentiveness. She tells me that she values the Chinese artistic tradition of training and craftsmanship and hopes her debut collection of stories will appeal to a broad readership.' (Introduction)
Isabelle Li, A Chinese Affair Ben Eldridge , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 76 no. 3 2017;
'One of the most striking elements of Isabelle Li’s A Chinese Affair is its sense of melancholy. Her inaugural short story collection is comprised of sixteen subtly oppressive tales, divided into four suites; nearly all are starkly told, and haunted by the weight of what remains unarticulated. There is an authorial confidence to A Chinese Affair that belies its existence as a debut collection; showing a restraint that tends to elude many (younger) writers. In fact, I suspect that the collection as a whole may prove to be understated to the point of frustration for many readers: many of the tales are devoid of clear resolutions, startlingly opaque on even the most basic level of narrative...' (Introduction)
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