When talking about this book you have to list the awards it's won-the Hugo, the Tiptree, the Lambda, the Locus, a Nebula nomination-after that you can skip the effusive praise from the New York Times and get to the heart of things: This is a book about a future many don't agree with. It's set in a 22nd century dominated by Communist China and the protagonist is a gay man. These aren't the usual tropes of science fiction, and they aren't written in the usual way. But, wow, it's one heck of a story.
"A first novel this good gives every reader a chance to share in the pleasure of discovery; to my mind, Ms. McHugh's achievement recalls the best work of Delany and Robinson without being in the least derivative."-The New York Times
"It's a rare writer who produces a novel this good…I can't think of a book that offers a more lived-in future. The people are impulsive, changeable, and very real. Lovers of fine fiction, SF, and otherwise, will treasure this deeply humane book. Five stars."-Minneapolis Star-Tribune
It's is a pleasure to read something that's so rich…As she sets the core in rich people's mainland China, it's the finish on this work that's astonishing: language so clear and deep it seems you could put your hand in it, like water. China Mountain Zhang is a book full of ideas, beautifully illustrated…One of the most interesting and most satisfying novels out this year. – The New York Review of Science Fiction
Publishers Weekly Top 10 Best of the Year
In her new collection, Story Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the dark heart of contemporary life and life five minutes from now and how easy it is to mix up one with the other. Her stories are post-bird flu, in the middle of medical trials, wondering if our computers are smarter than us, wondering when our jobs are going to be outsourced overseas, wondering if we are who we say we are, and not sure what we’d do to survive the coming zombie plague.
Praise for Maureen F. McHugh:
“Gorgeously crafted stories.”
—Nancy Pearl, NPR
“Unpredictable and poetic work.”
—The Plain Dealer
Maureen F. McHugh is the author of four acclaimed novels. Her genre-expanding short fiction has won the Hugo and Locus Awards and has frequently been included in Best of the Year anthologies.
Now, in her luminous, long-awaited debut collection, McHugh wryly and delicately examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families. Using beautiful, deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations.
- A woman introduces her new lover to her late brother.
- A teenager is interviewed about her peer group's attitudes toward sex and baby boomers.
- A missing stepson sets a marriage on edge.
- Anthropologists visiting an isolated outpost mission are threatened by nomadic raiders.
McHugh's characters -- her Alzheimers-afflicted parents or her smart and rebellious teenagers -- are always recognizable: stubborn, human, and heartbreakingly real and are brought to life with graceful restraint and delicacy.
Emily Cooper is kapot van het overlijden van haar moeder en verhuist naar New York om opnieuw te beginnen. Haar vriend Dillon wil dat ze bij hem komt wonen, maar Emily is daar nog niet klaar voor en trekt in bij een vriendin. Ze neemt een baantje in een Italiaans restaurant om de huur te kunnen betalen.
Tijdens haar werk ontmoet ze Gavin. Hij is rijk, charmant en ontzettend aantrekkelijk. Emily doet haar best zich te verzetten tegen wat ze voelt voor Gavin, al weet ze het eigenlijk al vanaf de eerste blik: ze wil hem. Ze begint een beetje te twijfelen aan haar relatie met Dillon. Ligt dat aan Dillon, of aan de zinderende spanning tussen haar en Gavin?
Emily zal een paar belangrijke keuzes moeten maken. Keuzes die ervoor zullen zorgen dat vriendschappen eindigen, harten gebroken worden en haar leven nooit meer hetzelfde zal zijn.
After winning the Civil War against the Confederate Wielders, the Union Machinists have outlawed magic to usher in a new age of steam-powered technology. Diah, an alchemist and the only non-wielder in his family, owes his brother for saving his life in the war; so when Cager is blackmailed into procuring the magical hide of the White Buffalo, Diah accompanies him to the Dakota territory.Their guide is Oni, a half-Lakota woman with plenty of secrets to hide. She's a magic wielder with an illegal wand concealed in her knife—and she's a coyote shifter. To her people, killing the White Buffalo is not only sacrilege, it's dangerous. Oni has no intention of helping them actually achieve their mission—until she falls in love with Diah…83,340 words