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
Praise for I Am China
Heart-wrenching… An extraordinary and important bookCharlie Cooper, Independent
Beautifully written… Genuinely affecting… ExceptionalScotland on Sunday
An ambitious, thought-provoking and engaging narrativeJane Shilling, Evening Standard
Beautifully renderedNew York Times
Beautifully doneViv Groskop, Red
Piercingly urgent and revelatoryIndependent 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 pageNew Internationalist
Dark, witty fictionDavid Evans, Financial Times
Cleverly craftedUK Press Syndication