Tiananmen Square by Lai Wen

Tiananmen Square by Lai Wen | 1.23 MB
528 Pages

Title: Tiananmen Square
Author: Lai Wen

‘An extraordinary book. Truly important’ – William BoydA stunning, deeply moving novel about growing up in Beijing in the 1970s and 80s and taking part in Tiananmen Square protestsIt is Beijing in the 1970s, and Lai lives with her parents, grandmother and younger brother in a small flat in a working-class area. Her grandmother is a formidable figure – no-nonsense and uncompromising, but loving towards her granddaughter – while her ageing beauty of a mother snipes at her father, a sunken figure who has taken refuge in his work.As she grows up, Lai comes to discern the realities of the country she lives is: an early encounter with the police haunts her for years; her father makes her see that his quietness is a reaction to experiences he has lived through; and an old bookseller subtly introduces her to ideas and novels that open her mind to different perspectives. But she also goes through what anyone goes through when young – the ebbs and flows of friendships; troubles…



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