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CHINESE

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Written by EILEEN CHANG
Translator KAREN S. KINGSBURY

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-38754-7

Shanghai, 1930s. Shen Shijun, a young engineer, has fallen in love with his colleague, the beautiful Gu Manzhen. He is determined to resist his family’s efforts to match him with his wealthy cousin so that he can marry her. But dark circumstances—a lustful brother-in-law, a treacherous sister, a family secret—force the two young lovers apart. 

As Manzhen and Shijun go on their separate paths, they lose track of one another, and their lives become filled with feints and schemes, missed...

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A NOVEL
Written by YU HUA
Translator ALLAN H. BARR

Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17205-9

Yang Fei was born on a train as it raced across the Chinese countryside. Lost by his mother, adopted by a young switchman, raised with simplicity and love, he is utterly unprepared for the changes that await him and his country. As a young man, he searches for a place to belong in a nation ceaselessly reinventing itself, but he remains on the edges of society. 

At forty-one, he meets an unceremonious death, and lacking the money for a burial plot, must roam the afterworld aimlessly. There,...

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Written by HA JIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17036-9

Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year 

Lilian Shang, a history professor in Maryland, knew that her father, Gary, had been the most important Chinese spy ever caught in the United States. But when she discovers his diary after the death of her parents, its pages reveal the full pain and longing that his double life entailed—and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China. 

As Lilian follows her father’s trail back into the Chinese provinces, she begins to grasp...

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Written by WU MING-YI

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/03/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80288-0

When a tsunami sends a massive island made of trash crashing into the coast of Taiwan, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical country and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united in ways they never could have imagined. Intertwined with the story of their burgeoning friendship are the lives of others affected by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples—and, of course, the mysterious man with the compound eyes. A work of lyrical beauty that combines...

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Written by KOONCHUNG CHAN
Translator DAVID TSE

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/08/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74282-7

An entire month has gone missing from Chinese records. No one has any memory of it, and no one seems to care except for a small circle of friends who will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the sinister cheerfulness and amnesia that have possessed the nation. When they kidnap a high-ranking official and force him to reveal all, what they learn—not only about their leaders, but also about their own people—stuns them to the core.

The Fat Years is a complex novel of ideas that reveals all...

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A NOVEL
Written by HA JIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/02/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74373-2

It’s 1937, and the Japanese are poised to invade Nanjing. Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women’s College, decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. She is painfully mistaken. In the aftermath of the invasion, the school becomes a refugee camp for more than ten thousand homeless women and children, and Vautrin must struggle, day after day, to...

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SELECTED POEMS OF LI PO
Written by LI PO
Translator J. P. SEATON

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-30746-5

Li Po (701-762) is considered one of the greatest poets to live during the Tang dynasty–what was considered to be the golden age for Chinese poetry. He was also the first Chinese poet to become well known in the West, and he greatly influenced many American poets during the twentieth century.

Calling himself the “God of Wine” and known to his patrons as a “fallen immortal,” Li Po wrote with eloquence, vividness, and often playfulness, as he extols the joys of nature, wine, and the life of a...

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A NOVEL
Written by LISA SEE

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/07/2012

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98054-7

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red...

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Written by YASUSHI INOUE
Preface by DAMION SEARLS
Translator JEAN ODA MOY

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 11/09/2010

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17362-6

Tun-Huang, in Central Asia, is a walled city along the Silk Road that historically connected China to the West. It is also the site of the Thousand Buddha cave where, in the early 1900s, Sir Aurel Stein discovered an extraordinary treasure trove of early Buddhist sutras and other scriptures. In Tun-Huang the novel, the great modern Japanese novelist Yasushi Inoue imagines how the scriptures came to be hidden in the caves. Set in the eleventh century CE, this is the story of Chao Tsing-te, a...

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Written by HA JIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/19/2010

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47394-3

In his first book of stories since The Bridegroom, National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin gives us a collection that delves into the experience of Chinese immigrants in America.

A lonely composer takes comfort in the antics of his girlfriend's parakeet; young children decide to change their names so they might sound more "American," unaware of how deeply this will hurt their grandparents; a Chinese professor of English attempts to defect with the help of a reluctant former student. All of...

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TALES OF SURVIVAL FROM A CHINESE LABOR CAMP
Written by XIANHUI YANG

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/24/2010

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-39097-4

In Woman from Shanghai, Xianhui Yang, one of China’s most celebrated and controversial writers, gives us a work of fact-based fiction that reveals firsthand—and for the first time in English—what life was like in one of Mao’s most notorious labor camps.

Between 1957 and 1960, nearly three thousand Chinese citizens were labeled “Rightists” by the Communist Part and banished to Jianiangou in China’s northwestern desert region of Gansu to undergo “reeducation” through hard labor. These exiles...

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Written by DAI SIJIE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/10/2010

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45673-1

A precious scroll inscribed with a lost Buddhist sutra—once owned by Pu Yi, the last emperor of China—is illicitly sold to an eccentric French linguist, Paul d’Ampere, who is imprisoned as a result. In jail, he devotes himself to studying its ancient text.

A young Western scholar in China hears this account from the grocer Toomchooq, whose name mysteriously connects him to the document. She falls in love with both teller and tale, but when d’Ampere is killed in prison, Toomchooq disappears,...

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