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An uncensored, eye-opening, and laugh-out-loud funny portrait of modern China as seen through the lives and loves of four professional women in contemporary Beijing.
Divorce, oral sex, plastic surgery. Indulging in a Starbucks coffee, admitting to the emotional repercussions of a one-night stand, giggling over watching pornography.
These once taboo subjects have become the substance of daily conversations and practices among urban women in contemporary Beijing. It seems that no one remembers what happened at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
A cross between Sex and the City and The Joy Luck Club, The People's Republic of Desire follows four sassy gals as they preen and pounce among Beijing's Westernized professional class, exultantly obsessed with brand names, celebrity, and sex.
Annie Wang grew up in Beijing. Her first short story was published when she was fourteen years old. She is a contributor to Fortune magazine, and her first novel written in English, Lili, was published to extraordinary reviews. She lives in the United States and China.
“Annie Wang’s second novel written in English…is interesting, amusing and pertinent…a thoroughly Modern Millie, Beijing –style.” — Washington Post
“A charming collection of modern fables of a world where modernity has arrived with a bang.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[A] fascinating novel...Wang observes gender politics among the nouveau riche in careful, reportorial prose.” — Publishers Weekly