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More About This Title Northern Girls
Qian Xiaohong is born in a sleepy Hunan village, where the new China rush toward development is a distant rumor. A buxom, naïve 16-year-old, she joins the mass migration to the boomtown of Shenzhen where she navigates dangerous encounters with ruthless bosses, jealous wives, sympathetic hookers and corrupt policemen. Moving through a grinding succession of dead end jobs, Xiaohong finds solace in her close ties with her fellow "northern girls," who quickly learn to rely on each other for humor and the enjoyment of life's simple pleasures. This coming-of-age novel explores the inner lives of a generation of young, rural Chinese women who embark on life-changing journeys in search of something better.
Sheng Keyi is a highly regarded writer central to China's literary scene.
"Sheng adopts an unusually intimate approach and writes through, and about, women's bodies." —Didi Kirsten Tatlow, columnist"There’s something very forceful and full-bodied about the language. It’s very physical . . . She’s got a subtlety about what it means to be a woman, that others lack.” —Eric Abrahamsen, translator, publishing consultant, co-founder, paper-republic.org"With a sense of humor reminiscent of Chinese writer Zhu Wen, and the kind of cruelty seen in author Yu Hua’s novel To Live." —Jiang Yuxia, Global Times