Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm by Yu Xiuhua

“Reading is a powerful activity: it calms one’s heart. When the mind is quiet, one can experience real joy.” Starting with the viral poem Crossing Half of China to Fuck You, Yu Xiuhua’s raw collection chronicles her life as a disabled, divorced, single mother in rural China. In defiance of the stigma attached to her…

Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge

“The same clouded blood flows through our veins. All we have are stories.” In the fictional Chinese town of Yong-an, humans live alongside spirits and monsters, some of which are almost indistinguishable from people. Told in the form of a bestiary, each chapter introduces the reader to a new creature ranging from Sacrificial Beasts to…

Braised Pork by An Yu

“Don’t you think that sometimes we just need to love in the simplest way possible?” One autumn morning, Jia Jia walks into her bathroom to find her husband face down and dead in the bathtub. Next to him is a piece of paper with a drawing that he sketched before his death. A drawing that…

Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang

“We are not good at math or saving money but we are very good at being young.“ Home Remedies is an excellent short story collection highlighting the voices of the currently emerging generation of Chinese youth. The twelve stories cover love, family, and time and space. Each story gives something a little unexpected to the…

Broken Wings by Jia Pingwa

“This cave wasn’t the Bull Demon King’s belly any more, it was a clam that had swallowed a grain of sand (that was me) that chafed on the clam flesh, which in turn chafed on the sand and turned it into a pearl that hung around Bright’s neck and make him look good.” Butterfly regards…

Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo

“My youth began when I was 21. At least, that’s when I decided it began. That was when I started to think that all those shiny things in life – some of them might possibly be for me.” Twenty-one year old Fenfang Wang has traveled from her sweet potato farming village to Beijing to seek…

Life by Lu Yao

“Life is suffering, and he had to accept his station- he was a peasant through and through.” Life, was originally published in 1982, as a novella. Lu Yao’s first book follows Gao Jialin an idealistic, romantic, stubborn and ambitious young man from a small provincial town. His life is completely upended by local corrupt politician…