Tien-Yi Lee lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she earns her keep as a graphic designer. Her work has been published in the Southern Review and the Gettysburg Review and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 
Sep 01 2010
How I Came to Love You Like a Brother
At the mention of the other woman, our mother spat. Once, I suppose, she would have wanted to know more, like what did he do, or how old were the children, or what were their names, or did they play musical instruments, and she might have told him that Lucia could recite thirty Chinese poems by the time she was three, or that she was a real talent on the flute, or that Lucia’s great-grandfather, originally a poor rice farmer, escaped from Qing militarists to become Sun Yat-Sen’s right-hand man in 1912.