Geling Yan Book Club

January 16, 2018 | Helen

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Geling Yan (严歌苓/嚴歌苓) is a prominent Chinese writer and a well-established writer in English. She has written over 20 books and won 30 awards since 1985. Her works have been translated into 12 languages and several have been adapted for film. She is a member of the Hollywood Writers' Guild of America and the Writers' Association of China. 

 The Banquet Bug






Dan Dong uses a false identity to eat freely at state-sponsored banquets.

Awarded Best Book in the Adult Fiction Category by the Chinese-American Librarians’ Association.

 Coming Home                                    








 Lu has spent years later in a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He returns home to find his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past.

Awarded Best Novel by the Chinese Academy of Fiction Writing.

 The Flowers of War








This book tells the story of an American missionary who, for a few terrifying days, finds himself sheltering a group of schoolgirls, prostitutes and wounded Chinese soldiers in the compound of his church.

The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and was China’s entry into the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Little Aunt Crane









Little Aunt Crane is a novel about love, bravery and survival, and how humanity endures in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Named Best Novel by the first Festival of the Chinese Novel sponsored by the Chinese Fiction Academy.

The Lost Daughter of Happiness









In the late 1860s, a young woman named Fusang is kidnapped from China and sold into prostitution in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Made the "Los Angeles Times" top ten bestseller list for a week.

Mage is a City







This book tells the story of a casino employee, Xiao’ou Mei and three male gamblers. It shows in detail the characters’ inner lives: their emotions, beauty and ugliness, good and evil and other qualities

 The weekly magazine "Yazhou Zhoukan"  (亞洲週刊) awarded it the prize for “one of the ten best novels.”

A Woman's Epic 








This tells the story of a woman named Sufei Tian, whose marriage spanned more than 30 years from 1947 to the 1980s.