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Yiyun Li is the author of four works of fiction, Kinder Than SolitudeThe VagrantsA Thousand Years of Good Prayers, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl; a children's book, The Story of Gilgamesh; and a memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She grew up in China, and came to the United States to pursue a science career in immunology before she became a writer. She is the recipient of many awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award, Benjamin H. Danks Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship. She was named by The New Yorker as one of the "20 under 40" fiction writers to watch. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerA Public SpaceGranta, The Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Two of her stories, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" and "The Princess of Nebraska," were made into films by Wayne Wang. Li adapted the former one, which won the Golden Shell Award for Best Film at the 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University. 

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