“Brian Leung has written a compelling and heartfelt story about a father and son, separated for years, and their struggle to reconnect. Written in a spare, elliptical, lyrical voice, Lost Men plumbs complicated questions about family and identity. What can a father offer his son after so much time has passed? How does the past–the world of our fathers, and their fathers–continue to exert its hold over our lives? This is a novel of enormous wisdom and emotional weight.”
—Dan Chaon, author of You Remind Me of Me
“Lost Men is a kind of mystery novel, where the crime is being too proud to be a father, or a son, and the criminals find each other one last time. It’s about lives I know but have never seen written down anywhere–Chinese, American, gay, straight. A quietly masterful first novel.”
—Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh
“Lost Men is an accomplished first novel by the author of World Famous Love Acts (2004), an award-winning book of short stories. Written in the plainest of language, Lost Men is a powerful, universal story of inchoate fathers and sons.”
—Thomas Gaughan (Booklist)
“Grab a box of Kleenex and your comfy mom jeans–you’ll be settling in once you pick up Brian Leung’s lovely novel. It’s an emotional story about a father and son’s struggling relationship, where main character Westen Chan is asked by his estranged dad to visit him in China for some much-needed bonding. The beautifully written story is also about Westen coming to grips with his mixed heritage, and his father struggling to get back lost time. Sniff. We’ll be fine.”
From the Hardcover edition.