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In the Lap of the Gods (Leaplit)by Li Miao Lovett
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"An important, even invaluable book, a moving farewell to the old, more humane way of life as China and all the world become technologized and globalized."—Maxine Hong Kingston
A dam rises on the Yangtze, uprooting a million lives in a government-made, modern environmental and human rights disaster, and a poor salvager who has lost everything finds an abandoned baby girl. A tale of defiance, of a lost man finding his place—and a new kind of love—in modern China, and of a rich man reclaiming his soul and the woman he loved before the revolution tore them apart.
"Lovett's evocative novel portrays widower Liu Renfu, a day laborer turned scrounger, caught in the Yangtze dam breach, part of the Chinese government's relocation plan. Liu braves the terrifying waters, alone, after losing his family, searching for items to sell. 'The river showed no mercy. It swallowed the landscape in slow, heaving gulps. The surrounding fields had all but disappeared, digested over the course of the day in a pulpy mass.' In his search, Liu discovers an abandoned infant and saves the child from drowning. The baby, who he names Rose, becomes his charge, despite Liu's meager circumstances. In his scavenging, Liu also uncovers an item that is precious to Fang Shuping, a successful local businessman whose yearning for the past forces him to confront contemporary injustice altering his life in the process. Lovett's complex tale of displacement and hardship, contrasting modern China with its past, highlights the human spirit's capacity for renewal. (Nov.) In Gore's masterful second thriller featuring San Francisco PI Graham Gage (after Final Target), Gage's investigation of a former FBI agent's mysterious death puts him on the track of Hani Ibrahim, an MIT economist deported under suspicion of masterminding a scheme to funnel money to foreign terrorists. In rural China, an earthquake sparks a workers' uprising, complicating the efforts of Gage's wife, Faith, to rescue two Chinese friends from government forces in the area. As Gage gets closer to discovering that Ibrahim is behind a terrorist act that could destroy the world's economy, the detective's actions imperil Faith's safety further.Â When U.S. vice president Cooper Wallace, a devout evangelical, ascends to the presidency at the peak of a worldwide financial crisis, Wallace faces a faith-based dilemma: should he act to save the country if the economic disaster is part of God's larger plan for humanity? Sharp, smart writing and convincing economic detail put this in the front rank of genre fiction. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
A massive dam rises on the Yangtze and a scavenger saves a baby girl as his world disappears beneath the waters.
About the Author
Li Miao Lovett began contributing to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001. She has published articles and stories in Narrative Magazine, Earth Island Journal, KQED Perspectives, and others. Her literary work has won awards in both fiction and nonfiction.
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