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The Bathing Women

A Novel

by Tie Ning

The Bathing Women
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2012, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2014, 368 pages

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From award-winning and bestselling Chinese writer Tie Ning comes The Bathing Women which follows the lives of four women from childhood to adulthood as they grapple with love, sibling rivalry, and, ultimately, redemption.

"But most of the time she didn't feel she was a Beijinger, nor did she feel she was a provincial person, a Fuaner. She felt she didn't belong anywhere, and she often thought this with some spite, some perverse pleasure. It was almost as if she made herself rootless on purpose."

These are the conflicting thoughts of Tiao, one of the main characters in Chinese novelist Tie Ning's English-language debut. Translated by Hongling Zhang and Jason Sommer, The Bathing Women expertly shuttles between circumstance and personal choice, as well as the loss of a generation and haunting memories. It also deftly explores the struggle to maintain relationships in a swiftly changing capital city and the disjointed emotions arising from living as a foreigner in Chicago. Ning creates an impressive, expansive portrait of survival and love through the story of Tiao's life working as a Bejing editor in ...

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