Observations of contemporary life that make monkeys of us: this existential disbelief thrums through speculative stories and essays in Xu Xi’s latest collection. These 16 short pieces, evenly divided between fiction and nonfiction, are in turn elegiac, satiric, darkly comic, lyrical, even confessional in tone, and traverse the inequities and abuse of power in sex, politics, race history, culture, and language across a disquieting transnational terrain. Prepare to be disturbed, enlightened, and maybe even entertained.

Publication date: Nov. 1, 2022
Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback
Page count: 192
ISBN: 978-1-915531-00-1
Price (paper): US$18.95
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 52,000
eISBN: 978-1-915531-01-8
Price (e-book): US$8.99

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Author bio:
XU XI 許素細 has authored or edited nineteen books, most recently This Fish Is Fowl (Nebraska 2019) and The Art and Craft of Asian Stories (Bloomsbury, 2021). An Indonesian-Chinese native of Hong Kong, she has long split her life between New York and Hong Kong. A diehard transnational, she is also founder of Authors at Large and the Mongrel Writers Residence™. She currently occupies the Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Follow her @xuxiwriter on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Also by Xu Xi:
Chinese Walls (novel)
Daughters of Hui (short fiction)
Hong Kong Rose (novel)
The Unwalled City (novel)
History’s Fiction (fiction)
Overleaf Hong Kong (short fiction & essays)
Evanescent Isles: From My City-Village (essays)
Habit of a Foreign Sky (novel)
Access (short fiction)
Interruptions (ekphrastic essays with photography by David Clarke)
That Man in Our Lives (novel)
Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City (memoir)

Edited Anthologies:
City Voices: Hong Kong Writing in English (with Mike Ingham)
City Stage: Hong Kong Playwriting in English (with Mike Ingham)
Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing
The Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong (with Marshall Moore)


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