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Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana - yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and Hollywood actress Auntie Mei. Her only friend is Jay - a mixed raced Jamaican boy with a passion for classical music.
Then Xing Li's life takes an even harsher turn: the school bullying escalates and her uncle requests she assist him in an unthinkable favour. Her happy childhood becomes a distant memory as her new life is infiltrated with the harsh reality of being an ethnic minority.
Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means to be both Chinese and British.
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Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015
'A moving and optimistic debut about orphaned siblings coping with a new strict home and racial bulling.' --The Guardian
'PP Wong has blazed a trail for future British Chinese novelists. The Life of a Banana is bursting with original and exciting flavours.'--Ben Chu, The Independent
'Life Of A Banana is so refreshingly distinct. Read it, and you will soon find yourself wanting more.' --The Daily Mail
'Impeccably observed, often hilarious, and deeply moving... pitch-perfect.'--David Henry Hwang, Tony Award-winning writer
'Brought back happy memories of Sue Townsend's Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.'--Lord Wei
'I was completely hooked!' --The Book Bag
'I know we are barely halfway through the year but I'm calling it: best book of 2014.' --Love is a State of Mind
'I adore this book. The plot is excellent.' --Books To Keep You Up At NightAbout the Author:
PP Wong was born in London in 1982. Her parents, both Chinese and originally from Singapore, moved between London and Asia during her childhood. She experienced prejudice throughout her schooling in the UK. PP Wong worked as an actress for six years, with her first job aged 15 when she was cast as Screaming Vietnamese girl in a James Bond film. Other work includes performing in lead roles at the Soho Theatre in Moonwalking in Chinatown and BBC Radio 4's play Avenues of Eternal Peace about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. PP Wong is now a writer and is also editor of www.bananawriters.com, a platform to encourage new East Asian and South East Asian writers with thousands of readers from over 30 different countries.
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Book Description Legend Times Group, 2015. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 272 pages. 7.75x5.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk191005321X
Book Description Legend Times Group, 2017. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11191005321X