Michael X. Wang Lost in the Long March

About the author:

Michael X. Wang was born in Fenyang, a coal-mining city in China’s mountainous Shanxi Province. He immigrated to the United States when he was six, and he holds a PhD in literature from Florida State University and an MFA in fiction from Purdue University. His story collection, Further News of Defeat, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writer Award.

About the book:

By award-winning writer Michael X. Wang, Lost in the Long March is a grand and unflinching debut novel set against the backdrop of Mao’s Long March and its aftermath. Set in China, 1934: Naive orphan and shy gunsmith Ping has fallen in love with Yong, a sophisticated veteran, skilled sharpshooter, and true believer in Mao and the Marxist ideology. Following the characters into the 1970s and Mao’s Communist Party as it evolved, Wang tells a story that contrasts the intimate with the political, revealing how the history of a country is always the story of its people, even though their stories can be the first to be lost.