Unwalled City by Xu Xi

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Hong Kong, 1995. Life is surreal, swift, out of control, as the city rushes towards that inevitable moment, the 'handover' to China in 1997. Here are lives and loves in a changing world, chronicled by one of Hong Kong's leading novelists.

Andanna Lee You Fun, a 20-something local girl and reluctant jazz musician, watches love fade but discovers new life as a Canto-pop singer. Gail Szeto, a senior financial executive and Eurasian, single mother, wrestles with a difficult past through an uneasy present. Colleen Leyland-Tang, an American Sinophile and wife of a wealthy businessman, confronts her continued infidelities despite a 'successful' marriage. Vince da Luca, a divorcing New York photographer, earns a lucrative living but enjoys few other comforts in his mid-life. The Unwalled City conjures an extraordinary feeling of place as it takes the reader into the lives of these four characters and the people around them.

Like the city itself, each of these native, and accidental, Hong Kong residents must leave behind the memory of what was in order to accept that which inevitably will be.

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Published December 2, 2010 by Typhoon Media Ltd. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Men"), Xi (Hong Kong Rose) focuses so tediously on the pasts of her four main characters that a vivid picture of modern-day Hong Kong never materializes.

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