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Fatty Goes to China


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(short stories set in Beijing, Toronto and Berlin)

Written in original, humorous, and innovative ways, these 11 richly varied stories expose the risks in finding shelter in unaccommodating places. Exploring the precarious lives of an accident-prone Chinese construction worker with a dark secret, a fatally ill Canadian artist who remains in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics, a grieving barber who makes a gruesome discovery about his Czech lover, and a couple who make a shocking, last-minute decision about their adoptive child, these unforgettable narratives-both dark and emotional-travel from China to Canada and Europe to convey vivid descriptions and a nostalgic appeal.

Published Spring 2012 (Tightrope Books)


Available to order from:, and Chapters/Indigo.

(image: 'Car Window - Red Plum', by Zhang Xiaogang)