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Jewel Box: Stories

By E. Lily Yu
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Publisher Description

Featured on LeVar Burton Reads

“Like Oscar Wilde or Ray Bradbury, E. Lily Yu writes the kind of delicious short stories that come with a sting in the tail. Utterly beguiling.” —Kelly Link, bestselling author of Get in Trouble

“Each story here is a gem. A trove of fantastical treasures.” —Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
“An astonishing collection of stories…transformative.” —Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

The strange, the sublime, and the monstrous confront one another with astonishing consequences in this collection of twenty-two stories from award-winning writer E. Lily Yu.

In the village of Yiwei, a fallen wasp nest unfurls into a beautifully accurate map. In a field in Louisiana, birdwatchers forge an indelible connection over a shared glimpse of a Vermilion Flycatcher, and fall. In Nineveh, a judge who prides himself on impartiality finds himself questioned by a mysterious god. On a nameless shore, a small monster searches for refuge and finds unexpected courage.

At turns bittersweet and boundary-breaking, poignant and profound, these twenty-two stories sing, as the oldest fables do, of what it means to be alive in this strange, terrible, beautiful world. For readers who loved the intelligence and compassion in Kim Fu's Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century and the dreamlike prose of Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners, this collection introduces the short fiction of E. Lily Yu, winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and author of the Washington Book Award–winning novel On Fragile Waves, praised by the New York Times Book Review as "devastating and perfect."

"A lovely story." LeVar Burton, on "The Pilgrim and The Angel" (from Jewel Box: Stories)

3 Reviews

“Neat collection of actual short stories that aren’t typical. Will be passing this along for others to enjoy”
“"'There is beauty in this place,' the prince said to herself. 'But it was never meant for me.'" 7/10”
“This was actually the first short story collective I’ve ever read and I have to say that there were some stories I really did not like, some I though were fine and some that really stood. The lamp at the turning for example was a really interesting and fun story to read and definitely stood out as my favourite one. Some stories were too biblical for me and too confusing and I couldn’t really get into theme. Even though I did not like all stories, I have to say that all of the stories are definitely well written! If you enjoy short story collections that are definitely a bit out of the ordinary with a biblical and supernatural touch this one could definitely be one to look out for!”

About E. Lily Yu

E. Lily Yu is the author of the novel On Fragile Waves, which won the Washington State Book Award. She received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012. Her stories have appeared in venues from McSweeney's to Tor.com, as well as thirteen best-of-the-year anthologies, and have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. You can find her at elilyyu.com.

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