February Flowers

Fan Wu

An unlikely pair, seventeen-year-old Ming and twenty-four-year-old Yan meet and form an immediate bond. Ming, innocent and preoccupied, lives in her own world of books, music and imagination. Yan is, by contrast, beautiful, sexy, wild and manipulative. Their friendship is brief, almost accidental, but intense, and it changes Ming’s world forever.

Set in modern China, February Flowers captures a society torn between tradition and modernity, dogma and freedom. It is a meditation on friendship, family, love, loss and redemption, and how a background shapes a life.

‘A first novel whose psychic terrain is the hinterland between girlhood and womanhood, lust and love, tradition and progress . . . Subtle and deftly paced, it’s ultimately a story about sheer awakening’ Observer

February Flowers enters the past as it was lived, in real-time and without the props of hindsight’ Financial Times

‘An exquisitely beautiful book about that uncertain border between girlhood and womanhood, between passion and desire, a country only too familiar to all women’ Sandra Cisneros

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033053854101
Published: 30/03/2011

Fan Wu

Fan Wu

Fan Wu grew up on a state-run farm in southern China, where her parents were exiled during the Cultural Revolution. She moved to the United States in 1997 and began to write five years later. Her debut novel, February Flowers, has been translated into eight languages, and her short fiction has been anthologized and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Wu holds an MA from Stanford University and currently lives in California.

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