'An Yu writes beautifully about loneliness, the experience of isolation, and the possibility of human connection, however fragile. Braised Pork is mesmerising'
-- Rosie Price, author of What Red Was
One autumn morning in Beijing, just after breakfast, Jia Jia's life changes for ever.
After the sudden loss of her husband, the young artist sets out on a journey from a hidden jazz and whiskey bar, via a strange and dreamlike world of water, to the high plains of Tibet. Along the way, she crosses paths with people experiencing losses of their own, including someone who may be able to offer her the love she had long thought impossible.
Cinematic and delicately beautiful, Braised Pork is an exploration of myth-making, connection, a world beyond words, and of a young woman's search deep into her past, in order to arrive at her future.
**A STYLIST BEST BOOK OF 2020**
An elegant, dreamlike tale of a woman’s self-realisation in contemporary Beijing. Yu’s writing has an arresting, unadorned lyricism
A seductive, sharply observed tale of love, loss and hope that moves from high-rise Beijing to rural Tibet and the mysterious, magical ‘world of water’
A startlingly original imagination... Braised Pork is a sensitive portrait of alienated young womanhood as it is set free
Rich and strange … Braised Pork is a debut that gets under your skin
Braised Pork is mesmerising, incisive and utterly disarming. An Yu writes beautifully about loneliness, the experience of isolation — from others, from one’s own past — and the possibility of human connection, however fragile.
Over the next six months, we are publishing a brilliant range of debut authors, who are covering everything from the science of listening to fighting feminists to djinns and disappearing children. Then there's the secret world of fungi and a mystical realm accessed through modern Beijing. Anna Fielding talks to the writers to learn more about their upcoming releases.