Larissa lai salt fish girl

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Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai

Salt Fish Girl is the mesmerizing tale of an ageless female character who shifts shape and form through time and place. Told in the beguiling voice of a narrator who is fish, snake, girl, and woman - all of whom must struggle against adversity for survival - the novel is set alternately in nineteenth-century China and in a futuristic Pacific Northwest.

At turns whimsical and wry, Salt Fish Girl intertwines the story of Nu Wa, the shape-shifter, and that of Miranda, a troubled young girl living in the walled city of Serendipity circa 2044. Miranda is haunted by traces of her mothers glamourous cabaret career, the strange smell of durian fruit that lingers about her, and odd tokens reminiscient of Nu Wa. Could Miranda be infected by the Dreaming Disease that makes the past leak into the present?

Framed by a playful sense of magical realism, Salt Fish Girl reveals a futuristic Pacific Northwest where corporations govern cities, factory workers are cybernetically engineered, middle-class labour is a video game, and those who havent sold out to commerce and other ills must fight the evil powers intent on controlling everything. Rich with ancient Chinese mythology and cultural lore, this remarkable novel is about gender, love, honour, intrigue, and fighting against oppression.
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Salt Fish Girl is the mesmerizing tale of an ageless female character who shifts shape and form through time and place. Told in the beguiling voice of a narrator who is fish, snake, girl, and woman - all of whom must struggle against adversity for survival - the novel is set alternately in nineteenth-century China and in a futuristic Pacific Northwest.
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Mitchell Award. Telling the stories of Nu Wa based on the story of an ancient Chinese goddess and Miranda, a sheltered girl living in a city called Serendipity around the year , Salt Fish Girl is considered to exist within the genre of speculative fiction, which encompasses stories of many varieties, including fantastical fiction and magical realism. Nu-Wa begins as a snake-person and as the creator of humans but she quickly becomes jealous of the humans that she creates and she wishes to become one of them. She is reborn in China in the late s. She falls in love with the Salt Fish Girl and they run away together to the city. She is lazy, preferring to steal from people instead of working.

Salt Fish Girl is the mesmerizing tale of an ageless female character who shifts shape and form through time and place. Told in the beguiling voice of a narrator who is fish, snake, girl, and woman - all of whom must struggle against adversity for survival - the novel is set alternately in nineteenth-century China and in a futuristic Pacific Northwest. At turns whimsical and wry, Salt Fish Girl intertwines the story of Nu Wa, the shape-shifter, and that of Miranda, a troubled young girl living in the walled city of Serendipity circa Could Miranda be infected by the Dreaming Disease that makes the past leak into the present? Rich with ancient Chinese mythology and cultural lore, this remarkable novel is about gender, love, honour, intrigue, and fighting against oppression. Lai has an excellent command of structure making the complex storytelling seem effortless, and the book is full of startling insights into dysfunctional human behaviour. Mitchell Award.

The water-bound goddess Nu Wa, creator of the human race, is sick of being alone, watching her creations enjoy the world. She becomes human herself, forever to travel through space and time, and meets the salt fish girl immediately falling in love. In a post apocalyptic future, a young woman named Miranda, born of odd circumstances, inexplicably and irreversibly reeks of durian fruit. Following reincarnations of the goddess Nu Wa, about years apart, one living in s China, the other post-apocalyptic America. Nu Wa is notably more mischievous, and Miranda may be a bit more insecure, but they both have very selfish tendencies, and are strong women. They continue to make the same mistake over and over and over again.

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