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Karen Kao

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Karen Kao is a writer of Shanghai noir. As a child of Chinese immigrants who settled in the United States in the 1950's, she grew up listening to her father's tales of Old Shanghai. Her debut novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle is the result.

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle is the first volume in a quartet of interlocking novels set in Shanghai. When she's not hard at work on one of these novels, Karen writes essays and short stories. This year's publications include an essay for The Shanghai Literary Review, a riff on flash fiction for nunum.ca and more blog posts and book reviews than she can count. You can find them all at her website at http://www.inkstonepress.com.


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Karen Kao I've finished a first draft of my next novel, Peace Court. Now, I'm tearing it apart: looking for the depth and, in this case, the gallows humor that…moreI've finished a first draft of my next novel, Peace Court. Now, I'm tearing it apart: looking for the depth and, in this case, the gallows humor that marked life in Shanghai in the early Mao years. Having lots of fun lifting quotes from the little red book. A revolution is not a dinner party!

p.s. If you want to know what happened to Jin after The Dancing Girl and the Turtle, you're going to love Peace Court. (less)
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There’s a hilarious scene in Portnoy’s Complaint in which Alexander Portnoy mulls over the mysteries of Chinese food.





the Lord has lifted the ban on pork dishes for the obedient children of Israel [but] the eating of lobster Cantonese is considered by God (Whose mouthpiece on earth, in matters pertaining to food, is my Mom) to be totally out of the question. Why we can eat pig on Pell Street a...

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“The girls here are so young. One of them twines her fingers into mine, her hand so small I could crush it. There are more of them in the ballroom, standing well outside the pools of light that demarcate the dancing from the sitting, the illusion from the reality.”
Karen Kao, The Dancing Girl and the Turtle

“The girls here are so young. One of them twines her fingers into mine, her hand so small I could crush it. There are more of them in the ballroom, standing well outside the pools of light that demarcate the dancing from the sitting, the illusion from the reality.”
Karen Kao, The Dancing Girl and the Turtle




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