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The Invisible Valley
Lu Beiping is one of 20 million young adults the Chinese government uproots and sends far from their homes for agricultural re-education. And Lu is bored and exhausted. While he pines for romance, instead he’s caught up in a forbidden religious tradition and married off to the foreman’s long-dead daughter so that her soul may rest. The foreman then sends him off to cattle ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Small Beer Press
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Apr 27, 2018 Amy Sturgis rated it it was amazing
I have read some wonderful novels recently, but I can't remember when I've been so enthralled and invested in a story. Lu Beiping's coming of age finds him far from his home, attempting to negotiate the dangerous politics of his Maoist work camp, the tangled mysteries of Mudkettle Mountain, the superstitions and practicalities of the Driftfolk, and the very land itself, a compelling character in its own right. Like Lu Beiping, I experienced something like sensory overload; like Lu Beiping, I wan ...more
"The novel stars Lu Beiping, a “re-ed,” one of the many students sent to the Chinese countryside in the 1960s and ’70s to learn from farmers and be reformed. Lu is sent to the tropical jungle island of Hai-nan, where he is torn between the modern Communist movement of which he is not too fond and traditional ideas he considers backward. He is “ghost-married” (married to someone who has already died) to the daughter of the foreman of his work group and sent to Mudkettle Mountain where he will her ...more