Only the Cat Knows


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$15.95  $14.83
Red Hen Press
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4.9 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Ruyan Meng was born and educated in China. She emigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. During the past decade she has immersed herself in Chinese history from the 1950s to the 1980s--the Stalinist-style oppression enforced by Mao Zedong. Her stories are inspired by true events in a "worker village" of the fifties--a residential compound directly copied from the Soviet Union. In her finely wrought tales, she has recreated this world: in microcosm, all human life is here. Ruyan Meng worked as an entrepreneur and real estate investor for twenty years, in Dallas, Texas. She now writes full-time and practices yoga and meditation.


"Only the Cat Knows stands out in its depiction of a man trapped by debt and consumed by his sense of inadequacy. This honest portrayal of money and power and the many ways they weigh on our lives is timely and captures the sense of our current times as well as the economic woes that sometimes lead to desperate and tragic ends."
--Donna Hemans, author of Tea by the Sea

"Only the Cat Knows is a crushing depiction of everyday life in Mao-era China. It teaches us of a world many of us have not had to live through and provides insight into modern China."--Audrey Fong, Soapberry Review

"Meng skillfully depicts the narrator's unraveling through his paranoia about [a] cat [that witnesses his crime]. The book takes on an Edgar Allan Poe-like quality with its darkness and desperation..."--Susan Blumberg-Kason, Asian Review of Books