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 - Cole - Goodreads
Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai was originally published in 2002 by Thomas Allen Publishers. The plot of the story follows two characters--Nu Wa in 18th to 19th century China and Miranda in the Canadian ... Read full review
Review: Salt Fish GirlUser Review - Sarah Bezan - Goodreads
A matriarchal mythopoetic novel that traverses the species divide and expands timescales. Brilliantly and imaginatively composed. A must-read text by a contemporary Canadian woman writer. Read full review