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Yiyun Li's 'Kinder Than Solitude' deals with poisoned past in China
Yiyun Li begins her second novel, "Kinder Than Solitude," in a place of endings: a crematorium. The time is the present, more or less, and a Beijing resident named Boyang waits for the ashes of his childhood friend Shaoai, dead at 43 after having been poisoned (accidentally or otherwise) 21 years before.
By David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
February 28, 2014