“The worst thing that can happen to a parent is the death of a child. In this brilliant, moving book the mother continues her dialogue with her intelligent and sometimes acerbic son. Together they contemplate the paradoxes that beset our experience. This is a burning message from one of our best writers.” (Edmund White, author of The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading)
A fearless writer confronts grief and transforms it into art, in an audiobook of surprising beauty and love, "a masterpiece by a master" (Elizabeth McCracken, Vanity Fair).
"Li has converted the messy and devastating stuff of life into a remarkable work of art." (The Wall Street Journal)
Winner of the Pen/Jean Stein Award • Longlisted for the Pen/Faulkner Award • Named one of the 10 Best Fiction Books of the Year by Time and one of the Best Books of the Year by Parul Seghal, The New York Times • NPR • The Guardian • The Paris Review
The narrator of Where Reasons End writes, "I had but one delusion, which I held on to with all my willpower: We once gave Nikolai a life of flesh and blood; and I’m doing it over again, this time by words."
Yiyun Li meets life’s deepest sorrows as she imagines a conversation between a mother and child in a timeless world. Composed in the months after she lost a child to suicide, Where Reasons End trespasses into the space between life and death as mother and child talk, free from old images and narratives. Deeply moving, these conversations portray the love and complexity of a relationship.
Written with originality, precision, and poise, Where Reasons End is suffused with intimacy, inescapable pain, and fierce love.
Where Reasons Endに寄せられたリスナーの声
A Story of Words that Go Beyond Itself
Yiyun LI masterfully dialogues with her deceased son and the poignancy of their lost relationship takes on a life energy that opens the heart and disavows its conceit-that this is all a mother’s projection in order to spare herself the sense that her son is gone. The exquisite nature of their rapport, their shared love of language, ideas, music, poetry, baking, knitting all are used to reflect memory, emotion, and experiential immediacy for the reader. While the conversation is sometimes competitive, sometimes humorous, it is always evocative. Yiyun LI needs to live in words and uses these words to resurrect her son. How long can I be a fly on the wall I began to wonder. I didn’t want this book to end like Yiyun LI didn’t want her son to take his life. This book is powerful, beautifully constructed, and completely unnerving.
A fine listen
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Where Reasons End. Maybe it reads with my profundity but as a listen, it was merely okay. The performance was well done.