“A prodigious cryptozoologist turned romance writer begins a series of stories about the beasts of the fictional Chinese city of Yong’an, where she lives. As she uncovers the origins and lifestyles of each type of beast, telling their stories, she also searches for clarity within her own relationships—with her late mother, with her temperamental professor and his young assistant, and with herself. It seems that the more she discovers, the less she truly knows. Dive into this mysterious and wholly original world and see for yourself what’s real and what isn’t.”Mary, Raven Book Store
“I'm haunted by this lovely work of magical realism, set in a fictional city in China where "beasts" intermingle with humanity. The beasts are human-like, only differing from humans in small, but significant, ways. Through a series of episodic stories that seems disjointed at first, but eventually form a cohesive whole, Yan Ge presents us with a novelist narrator who leads the reader through the strange, beautiful city and introduces us to the various beasts who inhabit it. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Strange Beasts of China, but its ethereal prose and unfamiliar beauty made it unlike anything I've ever read before.”Emily, Inklings Bookshop
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