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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, Literary, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • 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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Description

Longlisted for Canada Reads 2021

A young translator travels from his home in Toronto to Hong Kong, Macau, Prague, Tokyo. His unnamed lover comes with him: in restaurants and hotel rooms, they entertain each other with comic and enigmatic folk tales. Yet their verbal play and philosophical questions mask the fragility of their own relationship, which is made still more tenuous by he woman's 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 oozos 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, Aaron Tang’s debut novel, You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked (Book*hug Press), is a finalist for the 2021 Governor General's Award, a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads 2021 and named one of the best book debuts of 2020 by the Globe and Mail. Born in Vancouver, Sheung-King grew up in Hong Kong. His work examines “the interior lives of the transnational Asian diaspora” (Thea Lim, The Nation). He taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and is now the creative writing coach at Avenues: The World School, Shenzhen. His next novel, BATSHIT SEVEN, will be published by Penguin Random House Canada. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph

Sheung-King's profile page

Awards

  • Long-listed, CBC Canada Reads

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