The Banquet Bug

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The Banquet Bug

By Geling Yan

Hyperion Books, Paperback, 9781401374037, 276pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2007

Geling Yan captivates readers once more in her breakthrough novel. This is the fantastical tale of Dan Dong, an unemployed factory worker whose life takes a series of unexpected twists after he discovers that, by posing as a journalist, he can eat exquisite gourmet meals for free at state-sponsored banquets. But the secrets he overhears at these events eventually lead Dan down a twisted, intrigue-laden path, and his subterfuge and his real identity become harder and harder to separate. When he becomes privy to a scandal that runs from the depths of society to its highest rungs, Dan must find a way to uncover the corruption without revealing the dangerous truth about himself.

About the Author
Geling Yan was born in Shanghai and left China after the Tiananmen Square massacre. She is also the author of the acclaimed novel The Lost Daughter of Happiness and many short stories, including one that was made into the award-winning film Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl. Yan lives in San Francisco and Africa.