Abraham Chang for 888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers​​​​​​​ **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Abraham Chang in conversation with Christine Bollow to celebrate 888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


Young Wang has received plenty of wisdom from his beloved uncle: don’t take life too seriously, get out on the road when you can, and everyone gets just seven great loves in their life—so don’t blow it. This last one sticks with Young as he is an obsessive cataloger of his life: movies watched, favorite albums . . . all filtered through Chinese numerology and superstition. He finds meaning in almost everything, for which his two best friends endlessly tease him. But then, at the end of 1995, when Young is at New York University, he meets Erena. She’s brilliant, charismatic, quick-witted, and crassly funny. They fall in love and, for Young, it feels so real that he’s thrilled and terrified. As Young and Erena’s relationship blossoms, we get flashbacks to Young’s first five loves. That means Erena is “number six.” Was his uncle wrong—is she the one and only? Or are they fated for failure to make room for Young’s final, seventh love?

A love letter to Western pop culture, Eastern traditions, and being a first-generation New Yorker, Abraham Chang’s dazzling debut reminds us that luck only gets us so far when it comes to matters of the heart.


Abraham Yu-Young Chang is an award-winning, published poet with an MFA in creative writing from New York University. He has worked in the publishing industry since 2000 and currently manages Special Sales for Simon & Schuster. He lives in Forest Hills, Queens, with his wife.


Christine Bollow is the Co-Owner and Programs Director for Loyalty Bookstores in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD. She is a 2022 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, graduate of Barnard College, Fiction Juror for the 2024 Kirkus Prize, and currently serves on the DEI Committee for the American Booksellers Association. Christine is passionate about championing books by marginalized authors both at Loyalty and on her Bookstagram account @readingismagical.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
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ISBN: 9781250910783
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Flatiron Books - April 30th, 2024

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