Ghost town : a novel in 45 chapters

Kevin CHEN, Darryl STERK (Translator)

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    Original Chinese fiction titled "鬼地方". This book is work of fiction, translated from the Mandarin (and the Taiwanese) by Darryl Sterk.

    Keith Chen, the second son of a traditional Taiwanese family of seven, runs away from the oppression of his village to Berlin in the hope of finding acceptance as a young gay man.

    The novel begins a decade later, when Chen has just been released from prison for killing his boyfriend. He is about to return to his family’s village, a poor and desolate place. With his parents gone, his sisters married, mad, or dead, there is nothing left for him there. As the story unfurls, we learn what tore this family apart and, more importantly, the truth behind the murder of Chen’s boyfriend.

    Told in a myriad of voices, both living and dead, and moving through time with deceptive ease, Ghost Town weaves a mesmerizing web of family secrets and countryside superstitions, the search for identity and clash of cultures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherEuropa Editions
    Number of pages384
    ISBN (Electronic)9781609457990
    ISBN (Print)9781609457983
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


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