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You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked.

by Sheung-King

tagged: literary, cultural heritage, fairy tales, folk tales, legends & mythology
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pages: 202
ISBN:9781771666411
publisher: Book*hug Press
Description

Finalist for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction
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 originally from Hong Kong. His work has appeared in PRISM International, The Shanghai Literary Review, and The Humber Literary Review, among others. His debut book, You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked., was a finalist for the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award and was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads. He currently lives in China.

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

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