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The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays (Paperback)


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“Fierce and refreshing.”— Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

Named a notable book of the year by the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post, and one of the best books of the year by Spectator and Publishers Weekly, The Souls of Yellow Folk is the powerful debut from one of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation. Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the polite lies that bore us all.

About the Author

Wesley Yang has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Esquire, Tablet, and n+1. His work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Magazine Writing, Best Creative Nonfiction, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in Montreal.

Praise For…

Nobody writes sentences (or profiles) like Wesley Yang. He is our Balzac.
— Elif Batuman

Stylish and frequently revelatory.
— Jon Baskin - New York Review of Books

With gonzo candor and intellectual capaciousness, Yang’s Du Bois–inflected essays probe the identity crises of Asian American men.
— O, The Oprah Magazine

Yang’s book is a primer to the wider oeuvre of a perceptive writer with undeniably sharp insights into American life.
— Theodore Kupfer - National Review

He is one of the essential writers we have right now and we are lucky to have him.
— Daniel Oppenheimer - Quillette

Thoughtful, beautifully written essays that explore the dark and conflict-ridden landscapes of our modern conceptions.
— Ben Sixsmith - Spectator

I find the self-conflicted elegance of his prose to be a delight.… Reported essays that often levitate into that fiction feeling on the strength of the author’s voice and their sharply observed character studies.
— Thomas Beller - 4Columns

As Yang’s avid followers already know, his laser scrutiny spares no one—not even Yang himself.
— Millions

[Yang] channels the extremity of his subject matter into a marvelous style.
— Frank Guam - Bookforum

Wesley Yang’s unsparing vision always affects me powerfully.
— Mark Greif
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393357554
ISBN-10: 0393357554
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 26th, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English