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An Excess Male: A Novel by Maggie Shen King

By Maggie Shen King

From debut writer Maggie Shen King, An extra Male is the chilling dystopian story of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and uprising, set in a near-future China, that extra explores the topics of the classics The Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke.

Under the single baby coverage, each person plotted to have a son.

Now forty million of them cannot locate wives. 

China’s One baby coverage and its cultural choice for male heirs have created a society overrun through forty million unmarriageable males. via the yr 2030, greater than twenty-five percentage of fellows of their overdue thirties should not have a family members in their personal. An extra Male is one such leftover man’s quest for romance and relations below a country that seeks to glorify its previous blunders and impose order via authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist beliefs, and social engineering.

Wei-guo holds speedy to the idea that so long as he keeps to enhance himself, his small enterprise, and in flip, his state, his probability at love will come. He ultimately saves up the dowry required to go into matchmaking talks on the lowest rung as a 3rd husband—the greatest allowed via legislations. just a unmarried family—one harboring an unlawful spouse—shows curiosity, but with May-ling and her husbands, Wei-guo feels noticeable, heard, and hooked up to love by no means prior to. yet everybody and everything—walls, streetlights, rubbish cans—are listening, and males, extra or no longer, are dispensable to the nation. Wei-guo needs to achieve a brand new knowing of patriotism and try out the boundaries of his love and his get to the bottom of that allows you to retailer himself and this relatives he has come to carry dear.

In Maggie Shen King’s startling and gorgeous debut, An extra Male looks to discover the intersection of marriage, relatives, gender, and country in an all-too-plausible future.

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