The Bathing Women by Tie Ning
A Novel

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The Bathing Women possesses a gentle humanity that makes a refreshing change from the raucousness of recent work by Tie's male peers.
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From an award-winning and bestselling Chinese author, this stunningly original novel captures the spirit of a new generation of young professionals in contemporary China.

FROM AWARD-WINNING and bestselling Chinese writer Tie Ning comes a stunningly original novel that captures the spirit of a new generation of young professionals in contemporary China. The Bathing Women follows the lives of four women—Tiao, a children’s book editor; Fan, her sister, who thinks escaping to America might solve her problems; Fei,a hedonistic and self-destructive young woman; and Youyou, a chef—from childhood during the Cultural Revolution to adulthood in the new market economy. This moving novel charts the journey of these women as they grapple with love, sibling rivalry, and, ultimately, redemption.

Beloved and renowned in China, Tie Ning’s numerous books have never before been translated into English; this publication of The Bathing Women introduces a brilliant writer of uncommon talents, vision, and compassion to American readers. Spellbinding, unforgettable, and an important chronicle of modern China, The Bathing Women is a powerful and beautiful portrait of the strength of female friendship in the face of adversity.
 

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Tie Ning won a national short story award at the age of twenty-five and is the recipient of numerous other literary prizes. She has published ten books—collections of short fiction, essays, and novels—three of which were made into movies and television series, including The Bathing Women. In 2006, at the age of forty-nine, she was elected president of the Chinese Writers Association, becoming the youngest writer and first woman to be honored in this way. Her works have been translated into Russian, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, and Vietnamese. The Bathing Women is her first work to be translated into English
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Scribner. 370 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Julia Lovell on Mar 22 2013

The Bathing Women possesses a gentle humanity that makes a refreshing change from the raucousness of recent work by Tie's male peers.

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Reviewed by Jason Beerman on Dec 21 2012

Despite prose and dialogue that can be stilted at times, on the whole, the novel manages to poignantly portray a China coming of age.

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