Madeleine Thien - Author

About the Author

Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes (2001) and the novels Certainty (2006) and Dogs at the Perimeter (Granta, 2012), which was shortlisted for Berlin's 2014 International Literature Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair's 2015 LiBeraturpreis. Her books and stories have been translated into 23 languages. Her essays have appeared in Granta, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Five Dials, and Brick, and her story 'The Wedding Cake' was shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, she lives in Montreal.

Featured books by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music, and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli, and the enigmatic pianist Kai struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to. Forced to re-imagine their artistic and private selves, their fates reverberate through the years, with deep and lasting consequences for Ai-Ming - and for Marie.

Other books by Madeleine Thien

Granta 141

Granta 141

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2017

From Canada's global cities to its Arctic Circle - from the country's ongoing story of civil rights movements to languages under pressure - the writers in this issue upend the ways we imagine land, reconciliation, truth and belonging, revealing the histories of a nation's future. Margaret Atwood, Gary Barwin, Dionne Brand, Fanny Britt, Douglas Coupland, France Daigle, Alain Farah, Naomi Fontaine, Dominique Fortier, Krista Foss, Kim Fu, Rawi Hage, Anosh Irani, Falen Johnson, Benoit Jutras, Alex Leslie, Alexander MacLeod, Daphne Marlatt, Lisa Moore, Nadim Roberts, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Chlo, Savoie-Bernard, Anakana Schofield, Paul Seesequasis, Johanna Skibsrud, Karen Solie, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Larry Tremblay. Guest-edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thein: Catherine Leroux is a novelist, translator and journalist. Le mur mitoyen won the 2014 France-Quebec Prize and its English translation, The Party Wall, was nominated for the Giller Prize in 2016.Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes, and three novels, including Certainty and Dogs at the Perimeter. Her most recent book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General's Literary Award for Fiction.

Granta 141 Canada

Granta 141 Canada

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2017

Dogs at the Perimeter A Novel

Dogs at the Perimeter A Novel

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2017

Set in Cambodia during the regime of the-Khmer Rouge and in present day Montreal, Dogs at the Perimeter tells the story of Janie, who as a child experiences the terrible violence carried out by the Khmer Rouge and loses everything she holds dear. Three decades later, Janie has relocated to Montreal, although the scars of her past remain visible. After abandoning her husband and son and taking refuge in the home of her friend, the scientist Hiroji Matsui, Janie and Hiroji find solace in their shared grief and pain-until Hiroji's disappearance opens old wounds and Janie finds that she must struggle to find grace in a world overshadowed by the sorrows of her past. Beautifully realized, deeply affecting, Dogs at the Perimeter evokes the injustice of tyranny through the eyes of a young girl and draws a remarkable map of the mind's battle with memory, loss, and the horrors of war. It confirms Madeleine Thien as one of the most gifted and powerful novelists writing today. Finalist for the International Literature Prize and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction A Canada Reads Top Forty Book A Globe and Mail Best Book

Do Not Say We Have Nothing A Novel

Do Not Say We Have Nothing A Novel

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2017

In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his own life. I was ten years old. Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations-those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming's father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China's political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences. With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.

Certainty

Certainty

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

In present-day Vancouver, Gail Lim, a producer of radio documentaries, is haunted by the mysterious events in her father's childhood in war-torn Asia, and using her skills as a journalist is driven to unravel the mystery of his past. As a boy, Matthew Lim hid in the jungle fringe near Leila Road in Japanese-occupied Sandakan, North Borneo, with Ani, a girl whose friendship shapes the rest of his life. Together they barely survive the terrifying events of the war, which shatters their families and ultimately splits them apart - until years later, they meet again, only to endure another separation. At once sweeping and intimate, Certainty crosses continents, cultures and time to explore the legacies of loss, the dislocations of war and the redemptive qualities of love.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music, and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli, and the enigmatic pianist Kai struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to. Forced to re-imagine their artistic and private selves, their fates reverberate through the years, with deep and lasting consequences for Ai-Ming - and for Marie.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing A Novel

Do Not Say We Have Nothing A Novel

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2016

In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his own life. I was ten years old. Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations-those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming's father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China's political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences. With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.

Dogs at the Perimeter

Dogs at the Perimeter

Author: Madeleine Thien Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

One starless night Janie's childhood was swept away by the terrors of the Khmer Rouge. Exiled from Phnom Penh, Janie and her family were forced to live out in the open: cold, hungry and under constant surveillance. Caught up in a political storm which brought starvation to millions, tore families apart and changed the world forever, Janie lost everyone she loved. Now, three decades later, Janie's life in Montreal is unravelling. Weaving together the threads of Janie's life, Dogs at the Perimeter evokes totalitarianism through the eyes of a little girl, and draws a remarkable map of the mind's battle with memory, loss and the horrors of war.

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