Film rights to Dear Child have been sold, currently in development.
Her story ‘Lightning Bolt’ was adapted for screen by the Golden Horse Film Academy, with Hou Hsiao-Hsien as executive producer.
Dear Child is Essay Liu’s first short story collection, containing stories written in the decade between 2003 and 2013. Many readers had been expecting a book of essays, and were surprised to see Liu take this new direction in her work.
The ten stories contained within focus on the dramas of everyday life. In ‘Dear Child,’ for example, we follow one woman’s longing for, as well as her struggles and doubts about, having children. The collection contains grieving women and the men who have hurt them deeply, the hopelessness as well as the promise of love. Liu’s prose is as humorous as it is bleak, reflecting a true range of human emotion and contradiction.
Liu is a confident writer taking on one of our biggest questions: what is love?