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Taobao

Taobao

Taobao

In twelve spare, fable-like short stories Dan K. Woo introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters from different regions of China. From rural villages to bustling cities, Woo deftly charts the paths of young people searching for love, meaning and happiness in a country that is often misunderstood in North America. Whether they are participating in a marriage market to appease their mother, working as a delivery boy in Beijing or dealing with trauma in a hospital in Shanghai, we see these young people push against both tradition and the lightning-fast economy to try and make their way in often difficult situations. Woo brings remarkable empathy to these dreamlike stories and their twists and turns, which will linger long in readers’ minds. Through it all, the spectre of Taobao – China’s online retail giant – hovers, providing everything the characters might need or want, while also acting as a thread that ties together a captivating and complex collection of stories set in a captivating and complex country.

About the author

Dan K Woo

Dan K Woo

Dan K. Woo traveled and worked in Hong Kong and Mainland China for over a decade. In 2018 he won the Ken Klonsky Award for Learning How to Love China (Quattro Books). His writing has appeared in such publications as the South China Morning Post and Quill & Quire. Dan taught English at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, and now occasionally teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. A Toronto native, he lives with his partner in the city and works for cybersecurity startup GoSecure.

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