Madeleine Thien’s gripping evocation of the persuasive power of revolution and its effects on personal and national identity.

Canada 1991. Ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Through the sharing of the woman’s family story, Madeleine Thein brings to life one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy, which still resonates for a new generation.

The Man Booker Prize 2016
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Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

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Madeleine Thien is a writer and novelist whose books and stories have been translated into 23 languages.
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