From the Orange-shortlisted and Granta Best Young British Novelist, comes a rich memoir of growing up in modern China. Offers an intimate history of this fascinating country over the last four decades, together with an insight into daily life during the 1970s and '80s, covering politics, poverty and censorship.
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Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. Her books include Village of Stone which was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and I Am China which was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese and a documentary about London, Late at Night. She lives in London and Berlin.
"Stunning...This book will make your jaw drop, then clench in anger." -- Helen Brown * Telegraph * "Guo is rebellious, flamboyant and fundamentally optimistic...fascinating." -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday * "Riveting...Guo is an angrier, bolder, more ambitious figure than her forebears." * The Times * "Utterly compelling... She writes superbly about her struggle to escape the constraints of gender, poverty and state interference. This extraordinary memoir will enhance her burgeoning reputation." -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times * "Aside from the fast-paced plot, this is most interesting for its probing portrayal of Guo's ambivalent relationship with her homeland... An impressive feature of this moving and often exhilarating book is the brutality of her portrait of her parents." -- Lara Feigel * Financial Times *
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