Lili by Annie Wang
A Novel of Tiananmen

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Like so many of her young compatriots, Lili Lin lives on the margins of society–she has been jailed for “having a corrupt lifestyle and hooliganism,” and at 24 she is unemployable because she doesn’t have connections and unmarriageable because she isn’t a virgin. Estranged from her parents, restless and cynical, she drifts from day to day. Then she meets an American journalist infatuated with China, who gradually opens her eyes to what is happening. Together they embark on a journey that will profoundly change Lili’s view of her country and of herself.


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About Annie Wang

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Annie Wang grew up in Beijing. Her first short story was published when she was fourteen years old. She is a contributor to Fortune magazine, and her first novel written in English, Lili, was published to extraordinary reviews. She lives in the United States and China.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Released, she moves in with her parents, now back in Beijing, where they live a “domestic cold war.” Embittered and frustrated, Lili finds pleasure only in playing the erhu, the Chinese violin, until she meets Roy Goldstein, an American journalist with a passion for China and soon for Lili.

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"The only difference between feudal times and our own is that back then 'bad women' were seen as amoral fox spirits, whereas now they are labeled corrupt bourgeois," muses bad girl Lili Lin, in the wake of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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Roy drinks in their hospitality like a child with his first Christmas gift, but Lili longs to return to Beijing where nothing is expected of her except a stoic acceptance of daily Communist routine.

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Austin Chronicle

Narrated by the brash young woman of the title, who has just been released from prison after serving time for "corrupt life-style and hooliganism," the first tells of Lili's struggle to put a life together in the aftermath of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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