Synopses & Reviews
"I was dying to see Mother suffer at the sight of my corpse," announces the young woman at the heart of this powerful and disquieting novel, which has won acclaim in France and in Canada upon original publication in French. In Ingratitude,Ying Chen tells the story of Yan-Zi, who decides to commit suicide in order to escape the yoke of her dominating mother. The narrator's account of her final days recalls the chilling detachment of Camus's The Stranger.
"I WAS DYING TO SEE MOTHER SUFFER AT THE SIGHT OF MY CORPSE", announces the young woman at the heart of this powerful and disquieting novel, which won acclaim in France and in Canada for this author, who emigrated from Shanghai and Montreal in 1989.
All her life, Yan-Zi has been dominated by her mother -- who scolds her, corrects her behavior and manners, urges her to adopt bourgeois mores, and ceaselessly reminds her that her very life is a debt she owes to others, especially her mother. So Yan-Zi decides to commit suicide in order to shake off the yoke of her mother's love. In this novel she tells the story of her last days with a cool, cruel detachment that recalls Camus's The Stranger.
About the Author
Ying Chen immigrated from Shanghai to Montreal in 1989. Ingratitude, her third novel, was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Prix Fémina upon its publication in Canada in 1995.