Meili, a young peasant woman living in the remote heart of China, is married to Kongzi, a distant descendant of Confucius. Desperate for a son to carry on his illustrious family line, Kongzi gets Meili pregnant without waiting for official permission. When family planning officers storm the village to arrest violators of the population control policy, the family escape to the Yangtze River and begin a fugitive life.
"Unforgettable" (Sunday Telegraph)
"[Ma Jian's] characterization is superb. A devastating critique of China's oppressive communist regime" (Mail on Sunday)
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