A Lover's Discourse

A Lover's Discourse

by Xiaolu Guo

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Overview

“I don’t believe in love at first sight.”




I was taken aback. I thought we were definitely in love at first sight.




“What do you mean? Wasn’t it clear the moment you picked the elderflowers by the park and we looked at each other? Or was it in that book club?”




You gave me a damp smile, as if my confusion proved that you were right.







A Chinese woman moves from Beijing to London for a doctoral program—and to begin a new life—just as the Brexit campaign reaches a fever pitch. Isolated and lonely in a Britain increasingly hostile to foreigners, she meets a landscape architect and the two begin to build a life together.




A Lover's Discourse is an exploration of romantic love told through fragments of conversations between the two lovers. Playing with language and the cultural differences that her narrator encounters as she settles into life in post-Brexit vote Britain, the lovers must navigate their differences and their romance, whether on their unmoored houseboat or in a cramped and stifling apartment in east London. Suffused with a wonderful sense of humor, this intimate and tender novel asks what it means to make a home and a family in a new land.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802149527
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 271
Sales rank: 127,323
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Xiaolu Guo is the award-winning author of several novels-including Village of Stone, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, and I Am China-and Nine Continents, a memoir. She is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York City.

Cindy Kay is a Chinese-Thai-American narrator and educator who grew up in the California Bay Area and lives in the Rockies. Her work has been described as listening to a "cozy best friend." She narrates fiction and nonfiction, and has studied Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and Japanese.

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