A novel of family, myth, and memory set during the fratricidal barbarity of 1930s China follows the Chinese as they battle the Japanese and each other
Stripped of his possessions and executed as a result of Mao's Land Reform Movement in 1948, benevolent landowner Ximen Nao finds himself endlessly tortured in Hell before he is systematically reborn on Earth as each of the animals in the Chinese zodiac.
Three special relationships are set against the backdrop of a glut on the 1987 Chinese garlic market, which caused the crumbling of many Paradise County livelihoods and a rebellion against corrupt Communist officials.
Plagued by persistent reports of cannibalism in a province known as the Republic of Wine, the Chinese government sends a special investigator to substantiate the disturbing rumors.
A collection of short stories, ranging from the tragic to the comic, reflect the author's disdain for bureaucracy and repression.