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Deanna Fei
Deanna Fei is the author of the novel A Thread of Sky (Penguin Press, 2010), a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an Indie Next Notable Book, now out in paperback. She was born in Flushing, New York, and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai, China. A graduate of Amherst College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received a Fulbright Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, among other awards. She currently lives in Brooklyn. To read her blog, reviews, and more, visit

Blog Entries by Deanna Fei

The Real Lesson of Linsanity

319 Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 02/16/12 11:58 AM ET

One year ago, a very different scene was unfolding at Madison Square Garden, one that in retrospect shows just how badly we needed Jeremy Lin way before we'd ever heard of him. And by "we," I don't just mean Knicks fans.

At yet another dull game in the midst of...

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Battle Plan Of A Tiger Daughter (And Mother-To-Be)

Posted May 8, 2011 | 05/08/11 01:28 AM ET

On the same day that Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother went viral, I learned I was pregnant with my first child. And while talk shows, op-ed pages, parenting blogs, email inboxes, and Facebook and Twitter feeds across the nation began to flood with outraged invocations...
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Seven Books on Writing for Every Writer

Posted March 31, 2011 | 03/31/11 10:21 PM ET

A few years ago, a draft of my first novel received a sweeping round of rejections, all complimentary yet unyielding, a devastating combination. After that, I could no longer look at the document titled "novel" that I'd virtually lived inside for three years. I couldn't imagine writing again...

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Why Every Writer Should Watch Jersey Shore

Posted October 21, 2010 | 10/21/10 04:21 PM ET

I used to think of my trashy-TV viewing as a necessary but guilty habit. I spend my days reading fine literature and knocking my skull trying to write it. I've long taught in public schools, and I'm married to an economics reporter, and I come from a family of activists,...

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"Find a Chinese Wife Now," Thanks to Ads by Google

Posted August 4, 2010 | 08/04/10 12:05 PM ET

After I wrote my first blog post here ("I Called Amy Tan a Dirty Word -- And Then She Friended Me"), I felt a certain sense of satisfaction. I felt like I'd excavated something difficult about ethnicity and gender and literature and identity. In my small way, I'd...

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I Called Amy Tan A Dirty Word--And Then She Friended Me

Posted June 14, 2010 | 06/14/10 06:15 PM ET

The day that a review of my first novel ran in the New York Times, I received a Facebook friend request from Amy Tan. It seemed she was welcoming me into the club--of novelists, Chinese American novelists, Chinese American female novelists reviewed in the Times. I...

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