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Lunch with Gish Jen

  • March 29, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Temple Israel, 137 NE 19 Street Miami FL 33132
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Registration

  • Non-members may attend up to two luncheons per season.
  • This is a discounted option for members aged 35 and younger.

Registration is closed

About Gish

Gish Jen is the author of one previous book of stories, five novels, and two works of nonfiction. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Fulbright Foundation, as well as the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century; she has also delivered the William E. Massey, Sr., Lectures in American Studies at Harvard University. She and  her husband split their time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Vermont.


About the Book

The acclaimed, award-winning author of The Resisters takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people. It is a unique book that only Jen could write—a story collection accruing the power of a novel as it proceeds—a work that Cynthia Ozick has called “an art beyond art. It is life itself.”


Beginning with a cheery letter penned by a Chinese girl in heaven to “poor Mr. Nixon” in hell, Gish Jen embarks on a fictional journey through U.S.-China relations, capturing the excitement of a world on the brink of tectonic change.

Opal Chen reunites with her Chinese sisters after forty years; newly cosmopolitan Lulu Koo wonders why Americans “like to walk around in the woods with the mosquitoes”; Hong Kong parents go to extreme lengths to reestablish contact with their “number-one daughter” in New York; and Betty Koo, brought up on “no politics, just make money,” finds she must reassess her mother’s philosophy.

With their profound compassion and equally profound humor, these eleven linked stories trace the intimate ways in which humans make and are made by history, capturing an extraordinary era in an extraordinary way. Delightful, provocative, and powerful, Thank You, Mr. Nixon furnishes yet more proof of Gish Jen’s eminent place among American storytellers.

Publisher: Knopf

Photo credit: Basso Cannarsa

About the Luncheon

  • Books: Books will be mailed to members as soon as they become available.
  • Guests: Non-members are welcome to attend up to two luncheons per season. Please contact us to arrange for receipt of your book.
  • Registration: Pre-registration is required. Registration closes March 26, 2022.
  • Payment: Pre-payment is required.
  • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be allowed for cancellations received after registration closes, and no-shows.
  • COVID-19 Policy: Until further notice, Temple Israel asks that guests wear masks when not eating.
Updated 3/17/2022
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