Unfilial: Four Tragic Tales from Modern China

Yao Emei

Translated by Will Spence, Olivia Milburn, Honey Watson, and Martin Ward

Sinoist Books



ISBN: 9781838905811


Publication date: 28 September 2024



Modern China moves fast, leaving its people trailing behind. The mirage of a picture-perfect home compels some to gamble away the family house, while others live with debts of a shameful past. When something inevitably cracks, it’s always the women who are left to pick up the pieces. In four stories, Yao Emei shines a brutally honest light on the crumbling foundations of the family unit with scalpel-sharp precision. As her characters struggle to escape a vicious cycle of abuse, come inside – or stare through the window – at your peril: after all, what’s a closet without its skeletons?