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  • Published: 8 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780734399496
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 106
  • RRP: $9.99

Petulia's Rouge Tin: Penguin Specials




China, early 1950s: Two friends find themselves on their way to a re-education camp for those not adhering to the standards of the new order – working girls, madams, misfits.

Who would have anticipated that Petulia, stripped of her silk gowns, would be forced to denounce the Red Delight Pavilion? Or believed that Autumn Grace would cry in desperation as nuns shave off her locks? After years working side-by-side, their sudden goodbye was the first sign of a changing society. Still, the scent of rouge filling their memories keeps them close, despite the twists and turns that life throws at them. Until one day, the promise of love and stability becomes a temptation neither can deny. . .

  • Pub date: 8 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780734399496
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 106
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Su Tong

Born in 1963 in Suzhou and now living in Beijing, Su Tong is one of China's most iconic bestselling authors, shooting to international fame in 1993 when Zhang Yimou's film of his novella collection Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for an Oscar. His first short story collection, Madwoman on the Bridge was published by Black Swan in 2008. The Boat to Redemption is his latest novel to become an instant phenomenon in China.

Translator Howard Goldblatt is Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is the recipient of two translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been awarded the Translation of the Year Prize from the American Literary Translators Association and the Man Asian Literary Prize.

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Praise for Petulia's Rouge Tin: Penguin Specials

“Su Tong writes beautiful, dangerous prose”

Meg Wolitzer, author, The Ten-Year Nap

“Su Tong is an imaginative and skillful storyteller”

New York Times


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