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Ingratitude

by Ying Chen, translated by Carol Volk

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"...a striking self-portrait of a creative and fiercely independent young woman who would rather die a notable death than conform to the culture of obedience epitomized by her mother." -- The New York Times Book Review

"In the end, Yan-Zi seems weak, a tiresome, immature complainer, and -- as the book's title suggests -- ungrateful. A more fully developed central character might leave us wondering about her choice of escape and understanding her pain. Instead, readers are left only with her ingratitude for the life she was given." -- The Boston Globe

All her life, Yan-Zi's mother has dominated her. Yan-Zi decides to commit suicide to shake off the oppression of her mother's determined love. The novel recounts with cruel detachment how she was corrected, punished, and reminded that her very life was a debt she owed to others. Nominated for a Governor General's Award, this translation is a disquieting and powerful novel.

This is a new release of the book published in October 1998.

About the Authors
Ying Chen left her native Shanghai and settled in Montreal in 1991. Her first novel, La mémoire de l’eau was published by Leméac in 1992. Subsequent novels include the award-winning Les Lettres chinoises (Leméac, 1993); L’ingratitude (Leméac, 1995), Immobile (Boréal, 1998) which won the Prix Alfred-DesRochers 1999), Un enfant à ma porte (Boréal, 2008) and La rive est loin (Boréal, 2013). Chen lives in Vancouver.
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Carol Volk has translated over three dozen titles from the French, including literary fiction and non-fiction, philosophy, social sciences, art history and children's literature.
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