Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life Read Online Free - "In her first memoir, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li offers a journey of recovery through literature: a letter from a writer to like-minded readers. A meditation on the fact that literature itself lives and gives life." ~ Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead
What a long way it is from one life to another, yet why write if not for that distance?
Startlingly original and shining with quiet wisdom, this is a luminous account of a life lived with books. Written over two years while the author battled suicidal depression, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life is a painful and yet richly affirming examination of what makes life worth living.
Yiyun Li grew up in China and has spent her adult life as an immigrant in a country not her own. She has been a scientist, an author, a mother, a daughter and through it all she has been sustained by a profound connection with the writers and books she loves. From William Trevor and Katherine Mansfield to Soren Kierkegaard and Philip Larkin, Dear Friend is a journey through the deepest themes that bind these writers together.
Interweaving personal experiences with a wide-ranging homage to her most cherished literary influences, Yiyun Li confronts the two most essential questions of her identity: Why write? And why live?
Advance praise for Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life
In this exquisite, intimate, lyrical memoir, Yiyun Li reveals her life in flashes appended to an arrestingly coherent philosophy of time, self, and place. Uniting the discipline of a scientist with the empathy of a novelist, she scatters profound and often difficult truths through these generous, wise, challenging pages. Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree
Yiyun Li has written a remarkable account of her literary life, begun in her youth in China with the books that first engaged her in the great conversations of literature. In her own emergence as an important and gifted writer in English she has brought a new voice to that great world. She has also been, in the deepest sense, sustained by it. Her new book is a meditation on the fact that literature itself lives and gives life. Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead
Literature, national identity versus the individual self, the clash of public and private, the mysterious nature of relationship, indeed, human nature itself these subjects and more are explored with remarkable subtlety and rare, limpid mental beauty. A must-read for anyone trying to stay sane in a world that might be perceived as insane. Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare
This extraordinary book is the story of a writer being made and making herself. It is the story of depression coming in waves and being beaten back through love and stubbornness. And also it is one of our finest writers scrutinizing the books that have mattered most to her. AkhilSharma, author of Family Life
Reading Yiyun Li feels like being inside a mind a quietly forceful, unrelenting mind. Within the limits of language, which she all but touches, she unfolds an argument with the self. She is suspicious of the very concept of the self, but she does not, ultimately, refuse its possibilities. What a long way it is from one life to another, she writes, while closing that space. Eula Biss, author of On Immunity"
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June 13, 2017
This memoir by Yiyun Li of her struggle with depression made me extremely uncomfortable. Not simply the despair and confusion that is so evident in the writing as well as in the format itself (there is no formal structure per se but rather a loose collection of experiences, recollections of book...
February 21, 2018
In 2012, Chinese-American author Yiyun Li was hospitalized for depression and suicidal ideations. Out of this breakdown, after enough time had passed, Li was able to write about and share her experiences through this collection of essays. Not all of the essays are explicitly about her depression,...
April 04, 2017
This is actually not a memoir, but rather an overall exploration of literature and criticism: “Dear Friend, from My Life I Write You In Your Life” is the first book of non-fiction by Chinese American writer and award winning novelist Yiyun Li. Throughout the book Li injected brief details from he...
September 15, 2017
Not what I was expecting at all. I thought it'd be a gently discursive series of themed essays, a delightfully readable act of philanthropy/altruism, a stocking filler full of Buddhist koans etc. It is instead a very bleak and insightful memoir full of harrowing truths, quotable misery and hard-w...
February 23, 2018
I chose Dear Friend... to read something different than I usually would. Having now finished it, I find it difficult to form a coherent opinion because it was a difficult read, in that I never felt like I understood the perspective of the author. It is a book of essays by a Chinese author who wri...
January 06, 2017
This memoir is a string of thoughts, unanswerable questions, philosophical explorations and personal pain.
The author tells us of her own misunderstandings and attempts to understand life. It's written in an eloquent, flowing way- nothing jars and this makes it easy to read, even though the mater...
February 01, 2017
The same quality of Yiyun's fictional prose tiptoeing through my brain, then settling in for thoughts long after, lives in her nonfiction writing. This is a beautiful collection of essays exploring her bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts. Part memoir, part lit crit, all wonderful writing. T...
March 16, 2017
To understand Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li, you have to understand the context in which it came to be written. I struggle with how to rate this book. On the one hand, I have enormous respect for the author's struggle with mental health. On the other hand, the...
November 23, 2016
Dear Friend... is filled with some quite profound meditations upon life and worth; it is a thoughtful, sometimes philosophical work, with some excellent quotes and questions about language, life, and literature. Li's writing is intelligent and fluid, and the memories and ideas presented here clev...
September 24, 2017
True to the essence of essay in that Li is wandering, trying out different perspectives and paths. Because her take was often unexpected, the book was sometimes thought-provoking and sometimes baffling.