Jenny Zhang's collection of short stories will be the imprint's inaugural release
Zhang’s Sour Heart is “an exhilarating collection of short stories that explores issues of adolescence, immigration, and family through the voices of several Chinese American girls growing up in New York City,” according to the release. Zhang is a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for her piece, “How It Feels,” published in Poetry Magazine.
Lenny books is the latest in a slew of new celebrity publishing imprints, most of which will not exclusively publish “celebrity” books. Random House editor-in-chief Andy Ward, who is overseeing the Lenny imprint, told EW the imprint will be a home for “a lot of noncelebrity authors who we can try to publish really well, as a way to develop talented writers.” Zhang’s pedigree seems a perfect fit.