"Jenny Zhang’s astounding short-story collection, “Sour Heart,” combines ingenious and tightly controlled technical artistry with an unfettered emotional directness that frequently moves, within single sentences, from overwhelming beauty to abject pain." The New Yorker.

"A forceful performance and one of the knockout fiction debuts of the year." New York Magazine.

"Sour Heart is brilliant because it runs headlong into this thicket of contradiction and comes out unscathed. Zhang’s gift is to meld the tender and grotesque—the raw materials of a life—into stories that teach us how to treat each other." New Republic.

"'Sour Heart' Offers a Fierce, Fresh Take on the 'Hell' of Coming  to America," NPR.

"Jenny Zhang’s raw Sour Heart is an unforgettable debut collection", A.V. Club.

"Sour Heart Sets the “Model Minority” Myth on Fire," Slate.



CBC Radio with Tom Power.

Guardian Books podcast with Emma Lee-Moss.

Under the Radar on WGBH with Callie Crossley. 

Another Round podcast with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton.


"Jenny Zhang: The young girl has always been reviled and fetishised", The Guardian.

"'Tiny Stories' Are Vital to Literature," The Atlantic.

"Author Jenny Zhang on China, Family, Class, and Her Short-Story Collection Sour Heart", The Vulture.

"In Her Book Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang Arrives as a Chinese-American Voice We Haven't Heard Yet," W Magazine.

"'The Bonds of Power are Diffuse': an interview with Jenny  Zhang", Hazlitt.

"Jenny Zhang’s Coming-Of-Age Stories Will Leave A Mark On Your Heart," The Fader.

"The Subversive New Generation of Asian American Writers," w/ Karan Mahajan and Tanwi Nandini Islam, Vice.

"Jenny Zhang Likes to Get Uncomfortable", interview in The Stranger.

"Matte & Money, A Conversation with Jenny Zhang", Mask.