I Did Not Kill My Husband

A Novel

About The Book

Li Xuelian, married to Qin Yuhe, is pregnant with their second child. Happy news? Not in China, with its one-child policy. It is a crime. What is she to do? Her only option is divorcing before the second child is born.

“Once the baby has entered into the household registry, we’ll marry again. The baby will be born after the divorce, so we’ll each have one child when we marry again. No law says couples with one child can’t marry.” Perfect! Except that after the divorce, Qin marries . . . another woman who is expecting a baby. Mad with rage, Li runs to the judge begging him to declare the divorce a sham so she may remarry and truly divorce the fool!

Liu’s politically charged plot reads like an absurd and hilarious comedy, softening what moves from a harsh indictment of China’s one-child law to a head-on critique of China’s corrupt system. I Did Not Kill My Husband is storytelling and satire of the highest order, sharp-edged and ironic.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (October 14, 2014)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628724677

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Raves and Reviews

"Government fear of chaos is omnipresent in this expertly translated political farce . . . an intimate portrait of the local politics that matter so greatly in China." —The New York Times

"A masterful tale that will make you laugh even as you despair . . . Wickedly subtle satire." —Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

“A satirical tale that nimbly examines political corruption in China.” —Publishers Weekly

"Government fear of chaos is omnipresent in this expertly translated political farce . . . an intimate portrait of the local politics that matter so greatly in China." —The New York Times

"A masterful tale that will make you laugh even as you despair . . . Wickedly subtle satire." —Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

“A satirical tale that nimbly examines political corruption in China.” —Publishers Weekly

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