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I Love Bill and Other Stories

Book cover. A bird's-eye view of a hotel lobby with spiraling floors. A banner is superimposed over it with the title "I Love Bill and Other Stories," translated by Todd Foley, foreword by Xudong Zhang. The author is Wang Anyi.

Author: Wang Anyi

I Love Bill and Other Stories showcases the work of Wang Anyi, one of China's most prolific and highly regarded writers, in two novellas and three short stories.

A young artist's life spirals out of control when she drops out of school to pursue a series of unfulfilling relationships with foreign men. A performance troupe struggles to adapt to a changing China at the end of the Cultural Revolution. The head of an isolated village arranges a youth's posthumous marriage to an unknown soldier, only to have the soldier's former lover unexpectedly turn up. A fun trip takes an unexpected turn when two young women are kidnapped and sold off as brides. A boy's bout with typhoid provides an intimate look at family life in Shanghai's longtang alleys.

In this thoughtful translation by Todd Foley, I Love Bill and Other Stories offers poignant and nuanced portrayals of life during China's economic and cultural transition at the turn of the millennium.

I Love Bill depicts everyday life in China in a period of radical transition. Wang's subtle portrayals capture the psychological effects of social and political transformations and expose serious social problems such as human trafficking, the oppression of women, and the urban-rural divide.

—Kirk A. Denton, The Ohio State University

Dr. Foley's translation is highly readable and convincing as it renders in an original fashion the deceivingly simple language of a major contemporary Chinese writer, providing useful insights into the understanding of her literary development and of fin-de-siècle Chinese modernity.

—Pietro Giordan, York University



Additional Information



  • Book

  • Cornell East Asia Series

Publication Details

Publication Year: 2023

Publication Number: 214

ISBN: 978-1-5017-7106-4