From the acclaimed author of The Lost Daughter of Happiness comes a groundbreaking novel that will introduce readers to the little-known underworlds of contemporary China
Geling Yan captivates readers once more in her breakthrough novel. This is the fantastical tale of Dan Dong, an unemployed factory worker whose life takes a series of unexpected twists after he discovers that, by posing as a journalist, he can eat exquisite gourmet meals for free at state-sponsored banquets. But the secrets he overhears at these events eventually lead Dan down a twisted, intrigue-laden path, and his subterfuge and his real identity become harder and harder to separate. When he becomes privy to a scandal that runs from the depths of society to its highest rungs, Dan must find a way to uncover the corruption — without revealing the dangerous truth about himself.
?A conversation across centuries and a deft exploration of the wondrous and sad inscrutability of the human heart.” —New York Times
?With simple but powerful prose, Geling Yan evokes electrifying scenes of great cruelty and sensuality.? —San Francisco Chronicle
?Geling Yan stands as an eminent writer from the Chinese diaspora . . . an ambitious, eloquent, and unique book.? –Ha Jin, author of Waiting
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