Annotations for Chinese Whiskers


Baker & Taylor
A fable set in contemporary Beijing and told from the perspectives of two cats from disparate backgrounds who are adopted by foreigners living in a hutong neighborhood traces how their newly pampered lives are threatened when cats are blamed for the spread of a mysterious virus. By the award-winning author of Smoke and Mirrors. 20,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
A fable set in contemporary Beijing and told from the perspectives of two cats from disparate backgrounds who are adopted by foreigners traces how their newly pampered lives are threatened when cats are blamed for the spread of a mysterious virus.

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McMillan Palgrave
Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar is a charming fable set against the landscape of contemporary Beijing, seen through the eyes of two cats.
Soyabean is a middle class cat looked after by a grandmother who embodies traditional Chinese morality. Tofu is born to a stray cat mother in a backyard dustbin. They are brought together when they are adopted by foreigners, who live in a traditional style courtyard house in Beijing's traditional hutong neighborhoods. Then Soyabean is offered a job as a model for a new brand of cat food while at the same time a mysterious virus is sickening people across the city. Cats are blamed for it and are being rounded up, and Soyabean and Tofu's idyllic lives as pampered pets come to an abrupt end.

Interweaving real episodes in recent Chinese history such as the Olympic Games, the SARS virus, and tainted pet-food scandals with a richly imagined world, this heartwarming story of cats and humans does what W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose did for canines. It will make you laugh and tear up, while showing the battles fought between the corruption of modern living and the ideals of traditional life.



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