Geling Yan The Lost Daughter of Happiness

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The Lost Daughter of Happiness

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From one of China's most acclaimed writers, this is an unflinching, erotic and exciting tale of forbidden love in the gold rush era of turn-of-the-century San Francisco. Geling Yan traces the lives of two individuals separated by prejudice and mistrust, but bound forever by their passion for one another. Fusang is a Chinese girl shanghaied from her village in China, brought to California and sold into the seedy underworld of prostitution. Soon she falls into an obsessive relationship with Chris, an 11-year-old boy.

As years pass, numerous barriers are placed between the lovers - by Chris's wealthy family, and most menacingly by Fusang's murderous pimp, who bestrides Chinatown with a clutch of daggers at his waist.

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'The lush, decadent darkness which pervades Geling Yan's novel about a Chinese prostitute in turn-of-the-century San Francisco makes this an intensely cinematic book.' Big Issue; 'Her great storytelling lets you enjoy silk and embroidery, tea and angling, earrings, everlasting love and derringdo; it lets you, with the luscious vicarious masochism of a true fiction lover, relish the horrors of giving your body to hideous strangers or, as a coolie railroad worker, being beaten to a pulp by striking Caucasian workers.' Observer; 'A challenging work of literature... Skilfully subverts the basic tenet of Orientalism - that the Orient can be read, known, possessed.' Times Literary Supplement

About the Author:

Born in Shanghai to a writer and an actress, Geling Yan began writing in the late 1970s as a war correspondent covering the Sino-Vietnamese border conflicts. Her first novel was published in China in 1985. In 1989, following the massacre at Tiananmen Square, she left China for the United States. Since then, two of her works have been made into films and a collection of her short fiction was translated into English. She has won many awards, both in China and the USA. She now lives in San Francisco.$$$

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