Land of Big Numbers

Hardback edition released 04/03/2021

by Te-Ping Chen

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Land of Big Numbers Synopsis

A dazzling debut collection which, deftly and urgently, tells the stories of those living in the biggest and most complicated country on earth.

A brother competes for gaming glory while his twin sister exposes the dark side of the Communist government on her underground blog; a worker at a government call centre is alarmed one day to find herself speaking to a former lover; a delicious new fruit arrives at the neighbourhood market and the locals find it starts to affect their lives in ways they could never have imagined; and a young woman's dreams of making it big in Shanghai are stalled when she finds herself working as a florist.

These are just some of the myriad lives to be evoked in The Land of Big Numbers, a collection of stories which - sometimes playfully, sometimes darkly - draws back the curtain on the realities of modern China and unveils a cast of characters as rich and complicated as any in world literature. With virtuosic brilliance, Te-ping Chen sheds light on a country much talked about but little understood and announces the birth of a bright new star in the literary firmament. 

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781471190599
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Te-Ping Chen
Publisher: Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Collections: 40+ Awesome Asian-authored Novels - Brilliant Books You Need to Read from Across This Epic 48-country Continent,
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Te-Ping Chen Press Reviews

'In this magnificent collection of stories, the author vividly captures the desires and losses of a richly drawn cast while drawing on the realities of contemporary China' Cosmopolitan

Praise for Land of Big Numbers 'A spectacular work, comic, timely, profound. Te-Ping Chen has a superb eye for detail in a China where transformation occurs simultaneously too fast and too slow for lives in pursuit of meaning in a brave new world. Her characters are achingly alive. It's rare to read a collection so satisfying, where every story adds to a gripping and intricate world.' Madeleine Thien, author of the Booker-shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing

'Te-Ping Chen's Land of Big Numbers contains 10 illuminating, sharp stories set in China, penned by a former investigative reporter who worked in Beijing for several years' The Independent

'Te-Ping Chen shows us how much life, loss, and quiet pleasure exists in the world, just out of view.' Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

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Publication date: 28/04/2022
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Publication date: 19/08/2021
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