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  • Published: 23 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742535104
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 300

Northern Girls: Life Goes On



Qian Xiaohong is born into a sleepy Hunan village, where the new China rush towards development is a mere distant rumour. A buxom, naïve sixteen-year-old, she yearns to leave behind hometown scandal, and joins the mass migration to the bustling boomtown of Shenzhen. There, she must navigate dangerous encounters with ruthless bosses, jealous wives, sympathetic hookers and corrupt policemen as she tries to find her place in the ever-evolving society. Hardship and tragedy are in no short supply as her journey takes her through a grinding succession of dead end jobs. To help her through this confusing maze, Xiaohong finds solace in the close ties she makes with the other migrant girls – the community of her fellow 'northern girls' – who quickly learn to rely on each other for humour and the enjoyment of life's simple pleasures. A beautiful coming-of-age novel, Northern Girls explores the inner lives of a generation of young, rural Chinese women who embark on life-changing journeys in search of something better.

  • Published: 23 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742535104
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 300

About the author

Keyi Sheng

Sheng Keyi is the author of several novels and short stories. Northern Girls, the first of her full form works to be published in English, was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Death Fugue is her latest novel to be translated into English. She currently resides in Beijing, China.

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