Jenny Zhang’s debut collection of short stories establishes her as a subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience, and one which New York calls “one of the knockout fiction debuts of the year”. The first book acquired by Random House’s Lenny imprint, Sour Heart is narrated by the daughters of Chinese immigrants struggling to stay afloat in America. Jenny is in conversation with Abigail Ulman about her darkly funny and poignant stories that examine the meaning of belonging.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Jenny Zhang (International)

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Jenny Zhang is the author of the short story collection Sour Heart, the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, and the e-book, The Selected Jenny Zhang. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, N+1, Harper's, Poetry, New York Magazine and elsewhere. Her essay, "How It Feels" was nominated for a National Magazine Award. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was born in Shanghai and grew up in New York City, where she currently resides.

Abigail Ulman (Australian)

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Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a winner of the 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. Her story collection, Hot Little Hands, was published internationally in 2016.