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  • Published: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448161843
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

I Am China




Two lovers, separated by oceans and an oppressive political regime, desperate to find their way back to each other.

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction PrizeIn a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter. Two lovers, Mu and Jian, have been driven apart by forces beyond their control.As Iona unravels the story of the lovers, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other. Iona, intoxicated by their romance, sets out to bring them back together, but time is running out.

Xiaolu Guo was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists

  • Published: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448161843
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the author

Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before moving to London in 2002. Her books include Village of Stone which was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and I Am China which was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Her recent memoir, Once Upon a Time in the East, won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, the Jhalak Prize and the Rathbones Folio Award 2018, and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year.

In 2013 Xiaolu was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She has directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese, and documentaries about China and Britain. She was a judge for the Booker Prize in 2019, and is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York.

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Praise for I Am China

Heart-wrenching… An extraordinary and important book

Charlie Cooper, Independent

Beautifully written… Genuinely affecting… Exceptional

Scotland on Sunday

An ambitious, thought-provoking and engaging narrative

Jane Shilling, Evening Standard

Beautifully rendered

New York Times

Beautifully done

Viv Groskop, Red

Piercingly urgent and revelatory

Independent i

I Am China is a moving tale of life and fate, love and loss, that will stay with the reader long after the last page

New Internationalist

Dark, witty fiction

David Evans, Financial Times

Cleverly crafted

UK Press Syndication

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