In the Lap of the Gods by Li Miao Lovett

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"An important, even invaluable book, a moving farewell to the old, more humane way of life as China and all the world become technologized and globalized."—Maxine Hong Kingston

A dam rises on the Yangtze, uprooting a million lives in a government-made, modern environmental and human rights disaster, and a poor salvager who has lost everything finds an abandoned baby girl. A tale of defiance, of a lost man finding his place—and a new kind of love—in modern China, and of a rich man reclaiming his soul and the woman he loved before the revolution tore them apart.


About Li Miao Lovett

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Li Miao Lovett began contributing to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001. She has published articles and stories in Narrative Magazine, Earth Island Journal, KQED Perspectives, and others. Her literary work has won awards in both fiction and nonfiction.
Published November 2, 2010 by Leapfrog Press. 322 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her first novel, Lovett chronicles the human cost of building China's Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

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Lovett's evocative novel portrays widower Liu Renfu, a day laborer turned scrounger, caught in the Yangtze dam breach, part of the Chinese government's relocation plan. Liu braves the terrifying wate

Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of In the Lap of the Gods (LeapLit)

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