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In 1973, when Wenguang Huang was eight, his grandmother became obsessed with her own death. Fearing cremation, she appealed to her family to promise to bury her after she’d died. This was in Xi’an, a city in central China, at a time when a national ban on all traditional Chinese practices, including burials, was strictly enforced. But his grandmother was persistent, and two years later, Huang’s father built her a coffin.

Over the next fifteen years, the whole family was consumed with planning Grandma’s burial, a regular source of friction and contention, with the constant risk of being caught by the authorities. Years later, Huang came to understand how much the coffin had influenced his upbringing and shaped the lives of everyone in the family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping, lyrical memoir…Revealing, ironic, and effortlessly elegant.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • There is no overstating the profound effect of the Cultural Revolution on the lives of every single Chinese, and the Huang family’s struggles to bury their grandma is a heartrending example…Perfect, moving.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Lively…Inspires as many laughs as it does tears.”

    New Yorker

  • “A riveting, well-crafted story…At times comic and at times heartbreaking…There are plenty of fresh and unforgettable revelations.”

    Oprah.com

  • “Illuminating…Huang’s coming-of-age story eloquently describes his family coping with change and how, in a turbulent time, he made sense of the world.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A trenchantly observed story that depicts the clash of traditional and modern Chinese culture with a powerful combination of sensitivity and mordant irony.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Huang’s] description of life under Mao will come as a revelation to readers.”

    Booklist

  • “With brilliant humanistic insights, Wenguang Huang reveals how the terrors of youth, both large and small, imprint our lives with psychic markers and force us, eventually, to confront the irrational foundation on which strong character can be found.”

    Patrick Tyler, author of A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China

  • “Another interesting way to look at China, something readers crave.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction
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About the Author

Wenguang Huang, who grew up in northern China, is a Chicago-based writer and translator. His writing has appeared in The Paris ReviewHarper’sThe Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and the Asia Literary Review. Huang is also the English translator of The Corpse WalkerGod is Red, and Woman from Shanghai.