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About the Author
Lau Yee-Wa is one of Hong Kong's most exciting up-and-coming fiction authors. Lau began her literary career writing poetry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she obtained her BA in Chinese language and literature, and her Master's degree in philosophy. Lau's short story "The Shark"' won the prestigious Hong Kong Champion of the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese in 2016. Tongueless has been highly praised by acclaimed Hong Kong authors including Chan Ho-Kei and Dorothy Tse.

Jennifer Feeley is the translator of Not Written Words: Selected Poetry of Xi Xi, Carnival of Animals: Xi Xi's Animal Poems, the White Fox series by Chen Jiatong, Wong Yi's chamber opera Women Like Us, and Mourning a Breast by Xi Xi. She holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale University and is the recipient of the 2017 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize and a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship.


Winner of the 2024 PEN Translates Award

"A taut, chilling novel about the weaponization of language as a tool of oppression." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Tongueless shocked me as much as any masterpiece I have ever read." --Chan Ho-Kei, author of The Borrowed

"Tongueless is a riveting horror novel that explores the psychic depths of two desperate secondary school teachers struggling to navigate a merciless society. Set against the backdrop of post-1997 Hong Kong, amid shifting social norms and language politics, Lau's striking debut novel compels readers to confront the voices of dissent that have been polished into excessively smooth, mirror-like surfaces. In Feeley's brilliant translation, Hong Kong's cultural and linguistic nuances are vividly brought to the fore." --Dorothy Tse, author of Owlish

"With fervor and aptitude, Tongueless portrays characters that are guileful and defenseless, repressed and vigorous. No matter what happens, they hold together both themselves and a world that is being wrenched apart by multiple forces. An enthralling novel." --Yan Ge, author of Strange Beasts of China

"Darkly gleaming with claustrophobic terror and pitch-black humor, Tongueless picks away at the surface of Hong Kong to reveal the festering tensions that lie beneath, and skillfully depicts the relentless pressures that ordinary Hong Kongers come under." --Jeremy Tiang, translator of Rouge Street

"A manifesto of language and morality. A psychological unraveling that reveals the ways we deceive ourselves and others. Tongueless is a slow-burn social horror that deftly captures the way human cruelty always returns to destroy its originator." --Molly McGhee, author of Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind

"Insightful and investigative, Lau Yee-Wa explores the searing politics of a threatened tongue in Hong Kong with tact, terror, and empathy. She evokes a dangerously competitive world fueled by success, shopping, inflation of housing prices, educational hierarchy, and social status. It's a timely portrayal of a city that has experienced a seismic shock and is grappling with the consequences of irreversible change." --Kit Fan, author of Diamond Hill