February Flowers

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Doubleday Canada, Limited, Jul 1, 2008 - 320 pages
21 Reviews
Set in modern China, February Flowers tells the stories of two young women’s journeys to self-discovery and reconciliation with the past.

Seventeen-year-old Ming and twenty-four-year-old Yan have very little in common other than studying in the same college. Ming, idealistic and preoccupied, lives in a world of books, music, and imagination. Yan, by contrast, is sexy, cynical, and wild, with no sense of home. Yet when the two meet, they soon become best friends. Their friendship is brief, almost accidental, but intense, and
it changes Ming’s world forever.

Insightful, sophisticated, and rich with complex characters, February Flowers captures a society torn between tradition and modernity, dogma and freedom. It is a meditation on friendship, family, love, loss and redemption, and how a background shapes a life.


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User Review  - Gen - Goodreads

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the setting and it gave insight into what life was like in China at the time. The relationship between the two main characters was also reminiscent of some of my own friendships. Things definitely got a bit weird at the end though. Read full review

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User Review  - Piper Moon - Goodreads

Holy sweet baby Jesus this is my favorite book of all time. Fan Wu writes so honestly about her characters and it makes you feel like you are the cherry on top of a sundae of awesome. I have forced ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Fan Wu grew up on a farm in southern China, where her parents were exiled during the Cultural Revolution. She moved to the United States in 1997 for graduate studies at Stanford University, and started writing in 2002. February Flowers is her first novel and has been translated into six languages. Her short stories have appeared in Granta and the Missouri Review. She writes in both English and Chinese, and she is currently working on a second novel and a short story collection. She divides her time between northern California and China.


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