New York: The Overlook Press, 2011. Howard Goldblatt (tr.). First US Edition. Hardcover. USED - Good/ Very Good. White paperboards with black lettering to yellow spine. Foxing to upper portion of boards and top edge. Lower corner of front board is bumped. Text block is toned. Clean and unmarked. Binding tight. 15.5 x 23.5 cm. 362 pp. / Very Good. Light edgewear and scuffing. Item #14318
It has been officially proven that he is not the son of a revolutionary martyr, but the issue of a river pirate and a prostitute. Mocked by his neighbors, Ku leaves the shore for a new life among the boat people. Refusing to renounce his high status, he--along with his teenage son--keeps his distance from the gossipy lowlifes who surround him.
Then one day a feral girl, Huixian, arrives looking for her mother, and the boat people, and especially Ku's son, take her to their hearts. But Huixian sows conflict wherever she goes, and soon the boy is in the grip of an obsession. Raw, emotional, and unerringly funny, the Man Asian Prize-winning novel from China's bestselling literary author is a story of a people caught in the stranglehold not only of their own desires and needs, but also of a Party that sees everything and forgives nothing.