Yiyun Li is the author of four works of fiction-- Kinder Than Solitude , A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants , and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl --and the memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life . A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the recipient of many awards, including a PEN/Hemingway Award and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the "20 Under 40" fiction writers to watch. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker , A Public Space , The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories , among other publications. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.