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A Lover's Discourse

Xiaolu Guo

Publisher: Grove Press

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Summary

Xiaolu Guo made her name here with A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, a wry and wordplay-filled love story between a Chinese woman and a British man written shortly after she taught herself English while adjusting to a new country and falling in love. A Lover’s Discourse is in some ways similar, but more adult, the humor less broad, and the characters better educated but the cross-cultural confusion and imbalance of power remain. A Lover’s Discourse is an intimate portrait of a cross-cultural, interracial relationship that examines what it means to make a home in an increasingly nationalist Britain. Guo’s novels have been well-reviewed by the New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, Independent (UK), Guardian (UK), San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, and Los Angeles Times, among others. A Lover’s Discourse will be published by Chatto in May 2020, and we expect positive review attention in the UK. I Am China (Doubleday, 2014), Xiaolu’s most recent novel, was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was an NPR Best Book of the Year. Xiaolu is currently a visiting professor and Writer-in-Residence at Columbia University in New York City. She will be in New York for publication and during the academic year. In 2018, Guo was one of the inaugural fellows at the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination in Paris and a jury member for the Man Booker Prize in 2019. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese and a documentary about London, Late at Night.

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