Fiction Xu Xi Habit of a Foreign Sky: A Novel

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Habit of a Foreign Sky: A Novel

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Somewhere between Hong Kong and New York, life does an abrupt shift for Gail Szeto, when her mother, her last family member, is killed in an accident. For Gail, a mixed-race, single mother who had buried her young son less than two years prior, all she has left is a hard-won career at a global investment bank. Life rapidly goes into free fall for this woman with a complicated past, who was once so sure of her direction in life, who can now see no clear future path. Shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, this novel offers a an international cast of characters in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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About the Author:

Xu Xi is author of nine books of fiction and essays.  Her four novels are Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), The Unwalled City (2001), Hong Kong Rose (1997) and Chinese Walls (1994), two fiction collections, History's Fiction (2001) and Daughters of Hui (1996), and two essay/fiction collections, Evanescent Isles: From My City Village (2008) and Overleaf Hong Kong: Stories and Essays of the Chinese, Overseas (2006).  A new fiction collection Access: Thirteen Tales will be released in 2011-12.  She also edited three anthologies of Hong Kong literature in English, Fifty-Fifty (2008 new writing), City Stage (2005 drama) and City Voices (2003 prose & poetry 1945 to the present) and is the Hong Kong regional editor for the 2nd edition of Routledges Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literature. Her fiction and essays have been published and broadcast internationally, and her books are regularly taught at universities worldwide. Awards include a finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, an O. Henry prize story, a Ploughshares Cohen award for best story, a New York Arts Foundation fiction fellowship, a winning entry in the South China Morning Post story contest; residencies include the Jack Kerouac Project, the Anderson Center, Kulturhuset USF; the Chateau de Lavigny. A Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong, she left multinational corporate life for the writing life after eighteen years in international marketing and management. She is currently faculty chair at the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in writing program and is writer-in-residence at City University of Hong Kong, where she founded the first, international MFA in writing of Asia in English.  For further information, please visit xuxiwriter.com.

From Booklist:

Prolific Asian author Xi profiles a mixed-race Hong Kong resident who has a high-profile career at a global investment bank that sees her traveling frequently between Hong Kong and New York and now Shanghai, locus of the emerging Chinese markets. Tough-minded Gail has an MBA from Harvard, but she has been hit hard when, within a few years, her husband leaves, their young son dies, and her mother, with whom she had a complicated relationship, passes away. She is shocked to learn that her mother, a dance-hall girl and sometimes prostitute, has left her millions, and Gail’s serious demeanor begins to give way in the face of her emotional stress and newfound freedom. Her mother’s death brings her closer to her American half-brother and plunges her back into her childhood world spent in the company of her mother’s many lively dance-hall friends. It also frees her up to initiate an intimate relationship with a struggling French businessman. This cosmopolitan novel, a finalist for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, dramatizes one woman’s struggle to finally acknowledge and act on her own complicated desires. --Joanne Wilkinson

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