20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
Life as a film extra in Beijing might seem hard, but Fenfang won't be defeated. She has travelled 1800 miles to seek her fortune in the city, and has no desire to return to the never-ending sweet potato fields back home. Determined to live a modern life, Fenfang works as a cleaner in the Young Pioneer's movie theatre, falls in love with unsuitable men and keeps her kitchen cupboard stocked with UFO instant noodles. As Fenfang might say, Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, isn't it about time I got my lucky break?
Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
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TWENTY FRAGMENTS OF A RAVENOUS YOUTHUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Peasant girl leaves her rural Chinese village for a fresh start in bustling Beijing.Appalled at the thought of farming sweet potatoes for the rest of her life, feisty 17-year-old Fenfang Wang cuts out ... Read full review
TWENTY FRAGMENTS OF A RAVENOUS YOUTHUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Originally published in China and later translated into English, Xiaolu Guo, whose A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was an Orange Prize finalist, has taken her decade-old first ... Read full review