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  • Published: 12 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780734399014
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 300
  • RRP: $20.00

Wild Fruit

A Novel




At first glance, the Li family looks quite ordinary: one tyrannical grandfather, two overworked parents, four siblings, and one small house for them all to live in. Yet, with a journalist in the mix, its members can hardly hide their countless misfortunes.

Xiaohan, the youngest daughter, shares her family’s unconventional history and exposes the depth of what it means to live in contemporary China today. Through the intertwined stories of each member of the Li clan, she shows how those close to her are forced to find new ways to survive.

  • Published: 12 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780734399014
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 300
  • RRP: $20.00

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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Praise for Wild Fruit

Sheng is fighting back using her opponents’ tactics. Perhaps without meaning to, she accepts much of the Maoist view that words are tools of battle and that victory over an adversary is the goal of writing

The New York Review of Books

With her raw, often humorous writing that takes on the bitter truths of modern China, Sheng has emerged as one of the most interesting and daring writers today

Index on Censorship (London)

Sheng Keyi is a bold, talented writer. Her wild, shrewish linguistic style is full of vigour and vitality

Mo Yan

Sheng Keyi claims to be my disciple, but in many ways, she is my teacher. In what ways? If you read her books, you will know

Yu Hua

Sharp talent, direct pain, constant entanglement and struggle between artistic power and invisible extrusion are the most unique components of Sheng Keyi's contribution to Chinese literature

Yan Lianke

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