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Shanghai Baby by Zhou Wei Hui
  

Synopsis

Shanghai Baby by Zhou Wei Hui

Publicly burned in China for its sensual nature and irreverent style, this novel is the semi-autobiographical story of Coco, a cafe waitress, who is full of enthusiasm and impatience for life. She meets a young man, Tian Tian, for whom she feels tenderness and love, but he is reclusive, impotent and an increasing user of drugs. Despite parental objections, Coco moves in with him, leaves her job and throws herself into writing.Shortly afterwards she meets Mark, a married Westerner. The two are uncontrollably attracted and begin a highly charged, physical affair. Torn between her two lovers, and tormented by her deceit, her unfinished novel and the conflicting feelings involved in love and betrayal, Coco begins to find out who she really is.Here is a beautifully written novel with a distinct voice that describes China on the brink of its own social and sexual revolution.

Reviews

Shanghai Baby is beautifully written, and the author cleary combines the qualities of natural feeling for writing with intelligence. -- Jianying Zha, author of China Pop Wei Hui is intelligent and a passionte spokesperson for modern China. * Marie Claire * A steamy Chinese novel in the Western style about life in contemporary China...condemned for exploring subjects that are completely taboo in modern Chinese literature. * The Times * Escellent. * Heat *


About the Author

Wei Hui lives in Shanghai and is a graduate of the prestigious Fudan University. She is 27. This is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2003

Author

Zhou Wei Hui

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Publisher

Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781841196848

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