By Yin Dalong with CK Stuart
Youngsters in modern rural China have skilled an remarkable second; amid radical financial and social alterations that experience despatched their mom and dad to city facilities to make money source of revenue, youngsters were left in the back of to reside with older kin. This primary redefining of position, parenting, and dwelling has hardly ever been written approximately by means of the kids themselves in English. Set in rural Hunan within the overdue 20th and early twenty-first centuries, this novel vividly describes farm creation, the shift from an agricultural lifestyle to a lifestyles financially supported through migrant hard work gains, neighborhood non secular lifestyles, Huagu opera, schooling, advanced and violent relationships among relatives and villagers, the deaths of the protagonist's (Maomao) mom and paternal grandmother, a marriage, funerals, and native gala's – from the point of view of a kid. Refusing to drop out of faculty and develop into a migrant employee or a soldier, Maomao finally achieves his dream of changing into a school pupil opposed to all odds. This unvarnished and vividly written description of a latest rural lifestyles in China is uniquely vital and attractive to a huge readership.