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Author Li, Yiyun, 1972-
Title The vagrants : a novel / Yiyun Li
Imprint New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2010
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  813.6 L6129va 2010    AVAILABLE  -  30500101402363
Edition Random House Trade Paperbacks ed
Descript 349 p. ; 21 cm
Note Includes reader's guide and discussion questions
"Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Random House ... in 2009"--T.p. verso
In the provincial town of Muddy Waters in China, a young woman named Gu Shan is sentenced to death for her loss of faith in Communism. She is twenty-eight years old and has already spent ten years in prison. The citizens stage a protest after her death and, over the following six weeks, the town goes through uncertainty, hope, and fear until eventually the rebellion is brutally suppressed. Sumei, a mother of a young child, is sentenced to death as an anti-Communist activist. They are all taken on a painful journey; from one young woman's death to another. We follow the pain of Gu Shan's parents, the hope and fear of the leaders of the protest and their families. Even those who seem unconnected to the tragedy -- an eleven-year-old boy seeking fame and glory, a nineteen-year-old village idiot in love with a young and deformed girl, and old couple making a living by scavenging the town's garbage cans -- are caught up in remorseless turn of events
Subject City and town life -- China -- Fiction
China -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Fiction
China -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction
China -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Capital punishment -- China -- Fiction
Communism -- China -- Fiction
City and town life -- China -- Fiction. sears
China -- Politics and government -- Fiction. sears
China -- Social conditions -- Fiction. sears
China -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction. sears
Historical fiction. gsafd
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