February Flowers

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Doubleday Canada, Limited, Jul 1, 2008 - 320 pages
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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  - papercat - LibraryThing

February Flowers is a modern novel, set in China, about the friendship between two girls at university. It followed the kind of friendship that I often find portrayed in novels, where one girl of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Virago77 - LibraryThing

Very interesting story. No discernible chapter breaks which I was comfortable with, as I often writie that way. I liked the cultural aspect because it was so different from what I know and am used to ... Read full review

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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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