Salt Fish Girl: A Novel
Salt Fish Girl is the mesmerizing tale of an ageless female character who shifts shape and form through time and place. Told in the beguiling voice of a narrator who is fish, snake, girl, and woman - all of whom must struggle against adversity for survival - the novel is set alternately in nineteenth-century China and in a futuristic Pacific Northwest.
At turns whimsical and wry, Salt Fish Girl intertwines the story of Nu Wa, the shape-shifter, and that of Miranda, a troubled young girl living in the walled city of Serendipity circa 2044. Miranda is haunted by traces of her mother's glamourous cabaret career, the strange smell of durian fruit that lingers about her, and odd tokens reminiscient of Nu Wa. Could Miranda be infected by the Dreaming Disease that makes the past leak into the present?
Framed by a playful sense of magical realism, Salt Fish Girl reveals a futuristic Pacific Northwest where corporations govern cities, factory workers are cybernetically engineered, middle-class labour is a video game, and those who haven't sold out to commerce and other ills must fight the evil powers intent on controlling everything. Rich with ancient Chinese mythology and cultural lore, this remarkable novel is about gender, love, honour, intrigue, and fighting against oppression.
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Review: Salt Fish GirlUser Review - Joanna - Goodreads
I love this strangeness of this book. And the richness: fairytales, genetic engineering, feminism, race, food -- all mixed together. The writing, for the most part, is beautiful, but there is the odd clunky phrase -- the only thing keeping this from a 5/5. Read full review
Review: Salt Fish GirlUser Review - Zachary Jernigan - Goodreads
I'm between a three and a four, but what the hell -- I'll go for the four. Why? Because I respect what Lai is doing in the book, even if I didn't like it all that much. I mean, unlikable and largely ... Read full review