Land of Big Numbers

Chen, Te-Ping

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A dazzling debut collection which, deftly and urgently, tells the stories of those living in the biggest and most complicated country on earth.

A brother competes for gaming glory while his twin sister exposes the dark side of the Communist government on her underground blog; a worker at a government call centre is alarmed one day to find herself speaking to a former lover; a delicious new fruit arrives at the neighbourhood market and the locals find it starts to affect their lives in ways they could never have imagined; and a young woman's dreams of making it big in Shanghai are stalled when she finds herself working as a florist.

These are just some of the myriad lives to be evoked in The Land of Big Numbers, a collection of stories which - sometimes playfully, sometimes darkly - draws back the curtain on the realities of modern China and unveils a cast of characters as rich and complicated as any in world literature. [Taken from book blurb, Simon & Schuster]

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"The stories are unique and thought-provoking."

"Gripping stories that leave you craving more, ending on a complete twist."

"I'm sure all readers would appreciate this collection of very different stories."

"All stories are short and succinct, very easy to read, but also sophisticated."

"The reader gets a glimpse of life in China."

"The stories are original, thoughtful and unconventional."



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