Annie Wang Lili: A Novel of Tiananmen

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Lili: A Novel of Tiananmen

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A remarkable first novel that chronicles the emotional and psychological awakening of a tragically disaffected Chinese girl during the turbulent years that led up to the Tiananmen Uprising. As a teenager growing up during the Cultural Revolution, Lili is forced to leave Beijing when her parents, music professors, are relocated to a peasant village to be re-educated. Raped by one of the Communist party leaders in the village, Lili flees to Beijing. Seeking comfort and a sense of community, she becomes a gang member only to be branded by society as a petty criminal and a street hooligan. Whatever youthful enthusiasm Lili may have had is thwarted by the arbitrary oppression of daily life, and she is paralyzed by cynicism, indifference, and, above all, self-loathing. But when she meets an American journalist named Roy and is given the opportunity to see China through his eyes, Lili gradually relinquishes her indifference and self-loathing. She is eventually able to comprehend the magnitude of the changes that are sweeping across her country and to appreciate being a part of something greater than herself. And as the decades of smoldering anger and resentment borne by ordinary people ignite to culminate in a powerful movement, Lili comes startlingly awake to a political and personal understanding she might never have been able to attain otherwise. Written with a bracing rawness and immediacy, Lili is a book of undeniable authenticity. It is both a sharp-eyed witness to historical events and a story whose psychological and emotional veracity is not only irrefutable, but also utterly compelling.

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"Lili's life is like mountain bamboo forcing its way through granite Annie Wang vividly captures her character's tormented soul."
--Anchee Min, author of Red Azalea and Becoming Madame Mao

About the Author:

Annie Wang was born in 1972 and grew up in Beijing. She came to the United States in 1993 and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. She worked in The Washington Post's Beijing bureau before becoming a contract interpreter for the U.S. State Department. She has published several books in China; this is her first book written in English.

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