Nights When Nothing Happened; Simon Han

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From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn't this what they sacrificed so much for? But then little Annabel begins to sleepwalk at night, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them but force to the surface the secrets that have made them fear one another. How can a man make peace with the terrors of his past? How can a child regain trust in unconditional love? How can a family stop burying its history and forge a way through it, to a more honest intimacy?

'NIGHTS WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED' is gripping storytelling immersed in the crosscurrents that have reshaped the American landscape from a prodigious new literary talent.

November 17, 2020


About the Author

Simon Han is the author of Nights When Nothing Happened. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Texas Observer, Guernica, The Iowa Review, Electric Literature, and LitHub. Born in Tianjin, China and raised in various cities in Texas, he currently teaches creative writing at Tufts University.

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