The Backstage Clan

Chen Yan

Translated by Hu Zongfeng and Robin Gilbank

Sinoist Books



ISBN: 9781838905378


Publication date: 28 July 2023



Smooth Diao’s day is going anything but. Judging by how the stagehands treat him, you wouldn’t guess that the foreman who makes sure there’s food on their tables – or that this bunch of yokels work for Xi’an’s premier theatre company, where their unseen grafting makes all the dazzling performances possible. Whoever said showbusiness was glamorous? Keeping the gang out of trouble in the city’s many dives and cheap noodle bars is a thankless job when all Smooth wants to do is get home in time every night to salvage his third marriage. So, when this motley crew is given a seemingly ideal chance to set the stage for a performance in the nation’s capital, it’s make or break. Can they set their internal drama aside and ignore the sneers of high society long enough to prove their worth? It’s time someone noticed who really makes the show go on.