Hal Y. Zhang

Books | Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother

Ellery thought she knew Valerie, until she didn't. A small book about the sharp things between mothers and daughters.

It’s been eight hours since she disappeared in body by thoroughly invading me in mind. I’ve never spent so long thinking about a person as I would a math problem, turning her over and over in my brain and looking for invisible hinges that can be pushed and pulled to reveal some piece of her core.

What people said:

In this unexpected sci-fi tale, set in a not-too-futuristic surveillance state, Hal Y. Zhang renders Chinese mother-daughter relationships with tenderness and empathy. —Ling Ma, author of Severance

An optimistically melancholic look at mental illness, consumerism, and how the two can come between our relationships. —Joshua Ryan Bligh, Independent Book Review