We Two Alone

We Two Alone

by Jack Wang
  • debut
  • diversity
  • short-stories

Set across the world and spanning nearly a century, We Two Alone traces the long arc and evolution of the Chinese immigrant experience.

A young laundry boy risks his life to play organized hockey in Canada in the 1920s. A Canadian couple gets caught in the outbreak of violence in Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The consul general of China attempts to save lives following Kristallnacht in Vienna. A family aspires to buy a home in South Africa, during the rise of apartheid. An actor in New York struggles to keep his career alive while yearning to reconcile with his estranged wife.

From the vulnerable and disenfranchised to the educated and elite, the characters in this extraordinary collection embody the diversity of the diaspora at key moments in history and in contemporary times. Jack Wang has crafted deeply affecting stories that not only subvert expectations but contend with mortality and delicately draw out the intimacies and failings of love.


Jack Wang, author

Jack Wang received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University. In 2014–15, he held the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Jack Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he lives with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters.


  • Jack Wang’s "We Two Alone" is not only a penetrating examination of the Chinese diaspora, it brilliantly renders its subject in the most deeply resonant universal way, as the yearning for personal identity drives us all in our shared humanity. This is a remarkable collection of stories, a remarkable work of art. - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
  • These moving stories are both global and intimate as they span the continents where the Chinese diaspora has settled. With ingenuity and impeccable craft, Jack Wang gives us an utterly remarkable collection that zeroes in on the emotional texture of utterly unique lives. - Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer

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Additional Information

publication date: 09/01/2020

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book