Lan Samantha Chang Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Hunger: A Novella and Stories is Lan Samantha Chang’s first book.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Lan Samantha Chang was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University in 1993. “Pippa’s Story” was selected for the annual publication The Best American Short Stories in 1994; “The Eve of the Spirit Festival” appeared in The Best American Short Stories in 1996. She won a Truman Capote Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and first place for fiction in The Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Awards.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Carter, Emily. “Chang Debuts with Uneven Stories.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 22, 1998, p. 18F. In practically the only negative review of Hunger, Carter says that Chang’s writing is basic, writing-school fare and that her psychological insights are simple; argues that Chang stays close to the themes of assimilation and forgetfulness with which immigrant parents want to escape the past while the children want to understand it.

Chang, Lan Samantha. “Out of Parents’ Silence Comes a Daughter’s Tales.” Interview by Scott Martelle. Los Angeles Times, December 21, 1998, p. E3. In this interview/feature story, Chang talks about her parents’ reticence about the past and her creation of stories that allowed her to work through questions about them. Martelle discusses the universality of the stories, which Chang says are about things that happen over and over again. Chang discusses the conflict in her stories between children who wish to know their parents and parents who want to make new lives in America for their children.

Messud, Claire. “A Hole in Our House.” The New York Times, October 25, 1998, pp. 7, 24. In this review, Messud says that Chang offers no easy resolution for the immigrant experience; says her stories express internal struggles in a complex way; discusses several stories, praising...

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