Land of Big Numbers

Author(s): Te-Ping Chen

Short Story

A dazzling debut collection which, deftly and urgently, tells the stories of those living in the biggest and most complicated country on earth. 

A brother competes for gaming glory while his twin sister exposes the dark side of the Communist government on her underground blog; a worker at a government call centre is alarmed one day to find herself speaking to a former lover; a delicious new fruit arrives at the neighbourhood market and the locals find it starts to affect their lives in ways they could never have imagined; and a young woman's dreams of making it big in Shanghai are stalled when she finds herself working as a florist.

These are just some of the myriad lives to be evoked in The Land of Big Numbers, a collection of stories which - sometimes playfully, sometimes darkly - draws back the curtain on the realities of modern China and unveils a cast of characters as rich and complicated as any in world literature. With virtuosic brilliance, Te-Ping Chen sheds light on a country much talked about but little understood and announces the birth of a bright new star in the literary firmament. 

"A spectacular work, comic, timely, profound. Te-Ping Chen has a superb eye for detail in a China where transformation occurs simultaneously too fast and too slow for lives in pursuit of meaning in a brave new world. Her characters are achingly alive. It's rare to read a collection so satisfying, where every story adds to a gripping and intricate world." Madeleine Thien, author of the Booker-shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing

"Te-Ping Chen shows us how much life, loss, and quiet pleasure exists in the world, just out of view." Alexandra Kleeman     

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  • : 9781471190599
  • : Scribner
  • : Scribner
  • : February 2021
  • : .866 Inches X 5.315 Inches X 8.504 Inches
  • : books

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  • : Te-Ping Chen
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 813/.6
  • : 256