FAN WU was born on a state-run farm in mainland China, where her parents were exiled during the Cultural Revolution. Despite its poverty and isolation, the farm provided me boundless freedom and joy. In 1985, her parents left the farm, bringing Fan Wu and other four older brothers (she was then 11 years old) to Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi Province, where she lived till she went to Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province.
In 1994, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature. This was at the time when Deng Xiaoping started promoting economic reform, mainly in southern China, so she went to work in Shenzhen, a former fishing village transformed into the first Special Economy Zone in China. In 1997, a scholarship from Stanford University brought her to the U.S., and after earning a master’s degree in Mass Media Studies, Fan Wu joined Silicon Valley-based Yahoo!
Sstarted writing in 2002, her maiden novel, FEBRUARY FLOWERS, was first published in Australia and Asia in September 2006, with rave reviews. It has since been translated into seven languages. She write short stories as well, and have been published by Granta and The Missouri Review. As a native Chinese speaker, she write in both English and Chinese. She is currently working on her second novel, a novella, as well as a short story collection. She is now living in San Jose, California, dividing her time between the US and China. A cat lover, she has a grey tabby named Niuniu, meaning “little girl” in Chinese.
Set in modern China, February Flowers tells a story of self-discovery and reconciliation with the past.
An unlikely pair, seventeen-year-old Ming and twenty-four-year-old Yan meet and form an immediate bond despite having very little in common. Ming, innocent and preoccupied, lives in her own world of books, music and imagination. Yan is, by contrast, beautiful, sexy, wild, and manipulative. Their friendship is brief, almost accidental, but intense, and it changes Ming’s world forever.
Insightful, sophisticated, and rich with complex characters, FEBRUARY FLOWERS captures a society torn between tradition and modernity, dogma and freedom. It is a meditation on friendship, family, love, loss and redemption, and how a background shapes a life.
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