Books by Geling Yan

THE BANQUET BUG by Geling Yan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2006

"A meandering moral journey conveyed through charming characters and surprising events."
Chinese-born Yan (The Lost Daughter of Happiness, 2001), now living in the U.S. and writing in English, wonderfully imagines the easy-come, easy-go life of an unemployed Beijing factory worker passing for a journalist. Read full book review >
THE LOST DAUGHTER OF HAPPINESS by Geling Yan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2001

The life of San Francisco prostitute Fusang ("the famous whore responsible for the city's bad reputation") is surveyed in this curiously flat novel by the Chinese expatriate author of the exquisite story collection White Snake (1999). It's set during the Gold Rush of the 1870s, narrated by both an omniscient author and an unnamed "writer" who addresses Fusang directly—a device that leads to moralizing, redundancy, and excessive summary. Yan has done her research but despite several vivid characters (notably the two very different men who love Fusang), the protagonist is made so representative of the fate of a generation of "lost daughters" that she never comes fully to life. As a result, a story that cries out for reader empathy instead leaves the reader frustrated and unmoved. Read full book review >