A new novel by Eileen Chang

Fourteen years after her death, Eileen Chang is more current than ever. Thanks to Ronald Soong, her unreleased autobiographical novel, Xiao Tuan Yuan (Small Family Reunion) will finally appear on bookstore shelves this month, despite numerous holdback in publication in the past few decades.

As Chang put it, this novel is:

這是一個熱情故事,我想表達出愛情的萬轉千迴,完全幻滅了之後也還有點什麼東西在。

(A rough translation: This is a story of passion. I would like to reveal the highs and lows in love – something is left over even after the sparkle subsides.)

The appearance of this unpublished material will let us once again indulge in the world of Eileen Chang, and I am one of the fans anxiously awaiting the new work by one of the best writers of the 20th century.

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