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The Year of the Woman
The Year of the Woman
Author: Jonathan Gash
ISBN-13: 9780749082611
ISBN-10: 0749082615
Publication Date: 3/1/2006
Pages: 288
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Publisher: Allison Busby
Book Type: Paperback
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KwayFay was once a "Cockroach Child, a homeless scavenger on Hong Kong's waterfront. Now she lives in a squatter shack on the mountain slopes, and commutes daily to her job as a lowly office clerk. She survives by paying bribes if she has to, and keeping silent when abused. Her only ally is Grandmother's Ghost.

There is a tense, pregnant feel to Hong Kong, for this is the time just before the Handover, when the People's Republic of China will repossess the Crown Colony. Hongs and triads -- underworld organizations that are above the law -- are concerned, since China's policy is to eliminate criminal cliques.

The head of a triad learns of the impoverished "no-family" girl who talks to ghosts, and wonders if she could hold the answer to the questions of an uncertain future. Except that superstition is also forbidden by the incoming regime: the girl might be the last chance for his Triad's survival -- but believing in her might prove to be its destruction.