I Am China
I am China takes us from a detention centre in Dover, where exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate, to the seedy bars of small-town America with his girlfriend Mu, and the lively streets of East London where translator Iona Kirkpatrick is feeling adrift in her life. As Iona deciphers Jian and Mu’s ink-smudged letters and diary entries she unravels their poignant story to a tragic and powerful end. Xiaolu Guo brings her unique blend of her heritage of ancient Chinese folk legends and her fresh take on contemporary living to this mesmerising new novel. I am China is a love story of modern times and a vibrant, wise (and very funny) portrayal of multicultural society.