//South China Morning Blues

South China Morning Blues

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by Ray Hecht

There’s no place quite like it. From Guangzhou to Hong Kong, the booming megalopolis of the Pearl River Delta has endless stories to tell. South China Morning Blues is filled with these tales of the postmodern East: depraved, rapidly changing, and never boring.

Just what kinds of people find themselves in 21st-century China? There’s Marco, a crooked businessman with a penchant for call girls; Danny, a culture-shocked young traveler; Sheila, a local club girl caught up in family politics; Amber, a drug-fueled aspiring model; Terry, an alcoholic journalist; and Ting Ting, a lovable artist with a chip on her shoulder. Their lives intertwine in unexpected ways as they delve deeper into their surroundings and in the process learn more about themselves.

China may be leading the world into the future, but its inhabitants will have to make sense of the present if that future is ever going to arrive.

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Prologue: Shenzhen  Monkey

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There’s no place quite like it. From Guangzhou to Hong Kong, the booming megalopolis of the Pearl River Delta has endless stories to tell. South China Morning Blues is filled with these tales of the postmodern East: depraved, rapidly changing, and never boring.

Just what kinds of people find themselves in 21st-century China? There’s Marco, a crooked businessman with a penchant for call girls; Danny, a culture-shocked young traveler; Sheila, a local club girl caught up in family politics; Amber, a drug-fueled aspiring model; Terry, an alcoholic journalist; and Ting Ting, a lovable artist with a chip on her shoulder. Their lives intertwine in unexpected ways as they delve deeper into their surroundings and in the process learn more about themselves. China may be leading the world into the future, but its inhabitants will have to make sense of the present if that future is ever going to arrive.

“In the early 21st century, the Pearl River Delta spotlight has shifted from Hong Kong to the mainland side of the border. Ray Hecht trawls the underside of the world’s factory floor with appropriate measures of exhilaration, ennui and exotica.” – Muhammad Cohen, author of Hong Kong On Air

“If you know China at all, you will appreciate the characters and settings. And if you’re a China novice, you’ll understand more about a huge area that is often overshadowed by Beijing and Shanghai. I would recommend this book to everyone.” – Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife

Additional information

Dimensions129 x 198 mm
Pages

352

Binding

Paperback

About the author

Ray Hecht was born in Israel and raised in the American Midwest, on a starchy diet of movies and paperbacks. After studying film at Long Beach College, he moved to Asia in 2008. He lives in Shenzhen, China, where he writes for the Shenzhen Daily, the only daily English-language newspaper in the south of mainland China.

www.rayhecht.com