The Vagrants (novel)

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The Vagrants

First edition
Author Yiyun Li
Publisher Random House Publishing Group
Pages 352
ISBN 9781588367730

The Vagrants is the first novel by Yiyun Li.[1] It was published in 2009, following her award-winning 2005 short story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.[2]

The novel won Li the 2009 gold medal of California Book Award for fiction.[2]

In his review, in The New York Times, Pico Iyer characterizes her novel as an instance of "American stories that are World stories".[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pico Iyer. Crimes of Innocence, The New York Times, 2009-03-06. Retrieved on 2020-11-12. “Though America does not feature in this first novel, as it did in her elegantly measured, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning 2005 book of stories, “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” there is no doubting that she is bringing her unimaginably alien experience into ours, if only to remind us that there are more things on heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy — and many of them may help to explain our formidable new ally/adversary across the Pacific.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yiyun Li Awarded the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, Writers Workshop, 2020-03-02. Retrieved on 2020-11-12. “Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. Her debut novel, The Vagrants, was published to critical acclaim and won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction.”