Shanghai Baby

Wei Hui (Author)

Product Details

Washington Square Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2002
5.4 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Wei Hui, daughter of a Chinese army officer, studied literature at Shanghai's prestigious Fudan University. She is the author of The Shriek of the Butterfly, Virgin in the Water, Crazy Like Wei Hui, and Desire Pistol. Shanghai Baby is her first full-length novel, as well as her first writing to be published in English. She lives in Shangha


Jianying Zha, author of China Pop: How Soap Opera, Tabloids, and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture Sassy, breezy, shrewd, an impressive debut of a talented young writer. Heralding a new literary personality on the scene of the Chinese urban novel, Shanghai Baby is peopled with nimble-witted hedonists. In the eyes of traditional, mainstream society, they are moral degenerates and self-serving rebels. But from the point of view of the new commercial mainstream, they are crystal bubbles moving with the tide to better display their own beauty.
The New York Times This book is one of the ΓΎrst to portray Wei Hui's generation of urban women, born in the 1970s, as they search for moral grounding in a country of shifting values.
The Times (London) A steamy Chinese novel in the Western style about life in contemporary China, condemned for exposing subjects that are completely taboo in modern Chinese literature.