Ge Fei is the pen name of Liu Yong. He is best known for his Jiangnan Trilogy, which includes the novels Renmian Taohua (Peach Blossom Beauty), Spring Ends in Jiangnan, and My Dream of the Mountain and River, and for which he received the 2015 Mao Dun Literature Prize. He teaches at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
This slim comic novel, the first by acclaimed Chinese author Ge Fei to be translated into English, follows the travails of a likable loser trying to stay afloat—financially and emotionally—in contemporary Beijing. …page by page, Cui lives by his own moral compass until readers find themselves rooting for this philosophical Everyman to overcome every setback Ge Fei throws his way. The plot may be slight, but the author packs in wit, social commentary, and an emotional depth that will lift the reader’s spirits like few recent English-language books. Kirkus