The Banquet Bug by Geling Yan

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From the acclaimed author of The Lost Daughter of Happiness comes a groundbreaking novel that will introduce readers to the little-known underworlds of contemporary China

Geling Yan captivates readers once more in her breakthrough novel. This is the fantastical tale of Dan Dong, an unemployed factory worker whose life takes a series of unexpected twists after he discovers that, by posing as a journalist, he can eat exquisite gourmet meals for free at state-sponsored banquets. But the secrets he overhears at these events eventually lead Dan down a twisted, intrigue-laden path, and his subterfuge and his real identity become harder and harder to separate. When he becomes privy to a scandal that runs from the depths of society to its highest rungs, Dan must find a way to uncover the corruption--without revealing the dangerous truth about himself.

About Geling Yan

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Geling Yan was born in Shanghai and began writing in the late 1970s as a journalist. Her first novel was published in China in 1985. Following the Tiananmen Square massacre, she left China for the United States. Since then she has written many short stories, including one that was made into the award-winning film Xiu Xiu The Sent-Down Girl. She lives in San Francisco and Africa.
Published August 7, 2007 by Hyperion. 288 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Constantly asked to write about the plight of other people, Dan uncomfortably comes to realize that the journalist’s job is to bring hope, a responsibility our Everyman finds enormous and practically unbearable.

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This prurient item might easily have featured in “The Banquet Bug,” Geling Yan’s sly comic novel about the excesses — culinary and otherwise — of modern life in the Chinese capital.

Aug 27 2006 | Read Full Review of The Banquet Bug

Red Room

This is a light novel, with sketchy characterisation, but Yan's wit, the fast-moving plot and the sharp observation of the absurdities of contemporary China ensure that it is an entertaining read.

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Cape Ann Beacon

THE BANQUET BUG, by Geling Yan (New York: Hyperion East, 2006), $24.95 Banquet bugs are not microphones hidden in the table centerpiece, nor yet many-legged things lurking in the soup or breadbasket.

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