Author: Xu Xiaobin
Translator: Nicky Harman
Original language: Mandarin
Published by: Balestier Press, March 2016
Yang Tianyi is a “leftover woman” and under pressure to find a husband. She is attractive and intelligent but knows little of the world, and finally makes a disastrous marriage to a man, Wang Lian.
As the democracy movement unfolds in Tiananmen Square in 1989, she bumps into her love, Hua Zheng. The movement explodes in a bloodbath as Hua Zheng is accused of being one of the perpetrators of the disturbances, and is sentenced to thirteen years in prison.
Set against the background of China’s turbulent 1980s and 1990s, Crystal Wedding is a novel of searing emotional honesty.