Do Not Say We Have Nothing -- Madeleine Thien

Staff Pick

 This extraordinarily powerful, painful and exquisitely written novel concerns the Cultural Revolution in China and the fallout across generations, including the 1989 student protests and massacre in Tiananmen Square.  It's about music and the influence of Western composers on a circle of Chinese musicians at the Shanghai Conservatory.  It's about friendship, love and loss, and the power of music written, practiced, but never heard.  Most significantly, it's about a secret Book of Records, copied and recopied, each time newly encoded with Chinese characters holding hidden meanings, so as to record their stories. And when you read the stories of Sparrow, Kai, Zhuli, Ai-Ming and others, I’m certain you’ll never forget them. 

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ISBN: 9780393354720
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017