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Loop of Jade by Sarah Howe
  

Loop of Jade

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Winner of the T S Eliot Prize 2015.

Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2015.

Crossing the bounds of time, race and language, this is an enthralling exploration of self and place, of migration and inheritance, and introduces an unmistakable new voice in British poetry.

Synopsis

Loop of Jade by Sarah Howe

Shortlisted For The Forward Prize For Best First Collection 2015. There is a Chinese proverb that says: 'It is more profitable to raise geese than daughters.' But geese, like daughters, know the obligation to return home. In her exquisite first collection, Sarah Howe explores a dual heritage, journeying back to Hong Kong in search of her roots. With extraordinary range and power, the poems build into a meditation on hybridity, intermarriage and love - what meaning we find in the world, in art, and in each other.

Reviews

'Rich and fierce, Sarah Howe's poems are alive to the complex stories and voices that cohere around objects, family and place. This is a magnificent collection, surprising and moving in equal measure - I loved it.' -- Edmund de Waal

'A wonderful first collection - it isn't often you can say exquisite, original, erudite and adventurous all in one breath. Sarah Howe goes to the very heart of her own, her mother's and China's recent past.' -- Ruth Padel

'Sarah Howe's soulful poems are as vivid as a river flowing through the Chinese landscape, as alive as mothers calling to their children.' -- Xinran, author of The Good Women of China

'Mature and accomplished... Loop of Jade is one of the best first collections I've read in recent years' - Poetry Review

'The poems in Loop of Jade...move me in profound and previously unimaginable ways' -- Emma Lee, Moss Guardian

'[A] sinuous, shimmering, mirage-like debut collection' -- Roger Cox, Scotsman

About the Author

Sarah Howe was born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, and moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia, was published in 2009, and she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2010. She lives in Cambridge and London.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th May 2015

Author

Sarah Howe

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Publisher

Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
80 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780701188696

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