November 1, 2022

China, 1934: A naive orphan and shy gunsmith, Ping has fallen in love with Yong, a sophisticated veteran, skilled sharpshooter, and true believer in Mao and the Marxist ideology.  As the Red Army begins its year-long tactical retreat, the Long March, Yong turns to Ping for comfort and companionship. Yong becomes pregnant, and soon their son is born. The Army can’t retreat with a crying infant, so they leave the child with a village woman and promise to return once the war is won. . .

Deeply moving and rendered in spare, muscular prose, Michael X. Wang’s marvel of a debut novel, Lost in the Long March (The Overlook Press; November 1, 2022), drives toward a shocking reunion and resolution. Following the characters to the China of the 1970s and Mao’s Communist Party as it has evolved, Wang tells a story that masterfully contrasts the intimate with the political, brilliantly revealing how the history of a country is always the story of its people, even though their stories can be the first to be lost.