Braised Pork

Braised Pork

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Beautiful, dreamlike, and utterly intoxicating, Braised Pork is the beguiling debut of an outstandingly talented young writer who is based in China but writes in English

One autumn morning, Jia Jia walks into the bathroom of her lavish Beijing apartment to find her husband dead. One minute she was breakfasting with him and packing for an upcoming trip, the next, she finds him motionless in their half-full bathtub. Like something out of a dream, next to the tub Jia Jia discovers a pencil sketch of a strange watery figure, an image that swims into Jia Jia's mind and won't leave.

The mysterious drawing launches Jia Jia on an odyssey across contemporary Beijing, from its high-rise apartments to its hidden bars, as her path crosses some of the people who call the city home, including a jaded bartender who may be able to offer her the kind of love she had long thought impossible. Unencumbered by a marriage that had constrained her, Jia Jia travels into her past to try to discover things that were left unsaid by the people closest to her. Her journey takes her to the highplains of Tibet, and even to a shadowy, watery otherworld, a place she both yearns and fears to go.

Exquisitely attuned to the complexities of human connection, and an atmospheric and cinematic evocation of middle-class urban China, An Yu's Braised Pork explores the intimate strangeness of grief, the indelible mysteries of unseen worlds, and the energizing self-discovery of a newly empowered young woman.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2020.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780802148711
0802148719
Branch Call Number: YU A
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_ShirleyB Apr 14, 2020

The eBook is now available in hoopladigital.com
Braised Pork features Jia Jia, a young Chinese artist, as she explores the elusive mythology of a half fish and half human creature sketched by her husband just before he died. A cinematic & melancholy yet hopeful journey into watery symbol... Read More »


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LPL_ShirleyB Apr 14, 2020

The eBook is now available in hoopladigital.com
Braised Pork features Jia Jia, a young Chinese artist, as she explores the elusive mythology of a half fish and half human creature sketched by her husband just before he died. A cinematic & melancholy yet hopeful journey into watery symbolism, Tibetan mythology and contemporary life in Beijing, China finally leads Jia Jia to discoveries with relationships, family secrets, and facing grief. I was not expecting the surreal revealing connections at the end, but I'm grateful!
Gratitude too for the publisher sharing a printed review copy!

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