In the last days of World War II, the Japanese occupation of Manchuria has collapsed. As the Chinese move in, the elders of the Japanese settler village of Sakito decide to preserve their honour by killing all the villagers in an act of mass suicide. Only 16-year-old Tatsuru escapes. But Tatsuru's trials have just begun. As she flees, she falls into the hands of human traffickers. She is sold to a wealthy Chinese family, where she becomes Duohe - the clandestine second wife to the only son, and the secret bearer of his children. Against all odds, Duohe forms an unlikely friendship with the first wife Xiaohuan, united by the unshakeable bonds of motherhood and family. Spanning several tumultuous decades of Mao's rule, Little Aunt Crane is a novel about love, bravery and survival, and how humanity endures in the most unlikely of circumstances.
"A celebration of resilience, as well as a poignant, clear-sighted portrait of the mysterious and contrary human heart." -- Stephanie Cross Daily Mail "At times lyrical and always deeply moving, Yan's grand tale is one to savour" -- Shirley Whiteside Independent of Sunday "A classic family saga... The perfect opportunity to encounter a celebrated Chinese writer who deserves to be better known in translation" Stylist "Intriguing " Mail on Sunday "Lyrical, moving and, at times, wonderfully amusing." Nudge
Geling Yan is an award-winning Chinese novelist and screenwriter. Born in Shanghai in 1959, Geling Yan served with the People's Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution, starting aged 12 as a dancer in an entertainment troupe. She published her first novel in 1985 and has now written over 20 books and has won 30 awards. Her works have been translated into twelve languages, several have been adapted for film, the latest being The Flowers of War which has been filmed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou and stars Christian Bale. She divides her time between Germany and China.