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Fiction Cultural Heritage

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked.

by (author) Sheung-King

Publisher
Book*hug Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Category
Cultural Heritage, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771666411
    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price
    $20.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771666442
    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price
    $14.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781771667302
    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price
    $29.99

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Finalist for the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award
Longlisted for Canada Reads 2021

A young translator living in Toronto frequently travels abroad—to Hong Kong, Macau, Prague, Tokyo—often with his unnamed lover. In restaurants and hotel rooms, the couple begin telling folk tales to each other, perhaps as a way to fill the undefined space between them. Theirs is a comic and enigmatic relationship in which emotions are often muted and sometimes masked by verbal play and philosophical questions, and further complicated by the woman's frequent unexplained disappearances.

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked. is an intimate novel of memory and longing that challenges Western tropes and Orientalism. Embracing the playful surrealism of Haruki Murakami and the atmospheric narratives of filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, Sheung-King's debut is at once lyrical and punctuated, and wholly unique, and marks the arrival of a bold new voice in Canadian literature.

Praise for You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked.:

"Sheung-King has written a wonderfully unexpected and maverick love story but also a novel of ideas that hopscotches between Toronto, Macau, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Prague. It is enchanting, funny, and a joy to read." —Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life

"A tale that oozes the horror and confusion of love, while staying somehow still desperately romantic. It gives the cold shoulder to the dominant gaze and its demands to control the Asian body, carving out a thrilling space beyond whiteness. I didn't want it to end." —Thea Lim, author of An Ocean of Minutes, finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

About the author

Sheung-King is a writer and educator. His work has appeared in PRISM International, The Shanghai Literary Review, and The Humber Literary Review, among others. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College. You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked. is Sheung-King's debut book. It was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads in 2021. Originally from Hong Kong, Sheung-King lives in Toronto.

Sheung-King's profile page

Awards

  • Long-listed, CBC Canada Reads
  • Short-listed, Amazon Canada First Novel Award

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