Weike Wang | Chemistry

Author Weike Wang introduces her new novel “Chemistry” in conversation with writer and critic Maris Kreizman.

Facing a demanding academic curriculum, overbearing parental expectations, and a marriage proposal from her devoted partner, the unnamed narrator of “Chemistry” is facing pressure and scrutiny from all sides. But this overwhelming amount of pressure will launch our flawed and insightful chemist heroine into a path of self discovery and realization. Leaving the familiar plan for the future behind, she tries to find the balance of self sacrifice, true desire, and love in a two year journey that is sure to captivate modern readers.

Weike Wang is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her doctorate in public health. She received her MFA from Boston University. Her fiction has been published in or is forthcoming from Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The Journal, Ploughshares, Redivider, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She is a 2017 “5 Under 35” honoree of the National Book Foundation.

Maris Kreizman is the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, a blog and book (Flatiron Books, 2015) that celebrates the intersection of literature and pop culture. She's a writer and critic, as well as a former book editor and, most recently, she was the editorial director of Book of the Month.