Hong Kong, 1995. Life is surreal, swift, and out of control, as the city races toward the inevitable moment, the "handover" to China in 1997. Here are lives and loves in a changing world, chronicled by one of Hong Kong's leading novelists. With the publication of her third book, Hong Kong Rose, Xu Xi ranks as the foremost English-language writer to capture the reality of contemporary Hong Kong in fiction. In The Unwalled City her quiet, plainspoken prose ably evokes the tenor of life during those historical years. Resisting the urge to exorcize or "orientalize" the plot, characters or place, Xu Xi has crafted a memorable tale of enduring power.
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Andanna Lee You Fun, a 20-something local girl and reluctant jazz musician, watches love fade but discovers new life as a Canton-pop singer. Gail Szeto, a senior financial executive and Eurasian, single mother, wrestles with a difficult past through and uneasy present. Colleen Leyland-Tang, an American Sinophile and wife of a wealthy businessman, confronts her continued infidelities despite a "successful" marriage. Vince da Luca, a divorcing New York photographer, earns a lucrative living but few other comforts in his mid-life. The Unwalled City conjures an extraordinary feeling of place as it takes the reader into the lives of these four characters and the people around them.
Like the city itself, each of these native, and accidental, Hong Kong yan must leave behind the memory of what was in order to accept that which will inevitably be.About the Author:
Xu Xi is a native of Hong Kong from a Chinese-Indonesian family. Her books include The Unwalled City, Hong Kong Rose, Daughters of Hui and Chinese Walls. Her fiction, essays, and book reviews have been published and broadcast internationally.
Xu Xi currently lives somewhere between New York and Hong Kong.
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Book Description Chameleon Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1387802143
Book Description Chameleon Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111387802143