Anne Stevenson-Yang

Hello, Kitty

Kitty and her teenage friends, squatting in an empty apartment, are looking for gas to cook instant noodles. Bai Song and his wife, who live in the unit across the hallway, have a well-equipped kitchen with all the mod cons. Plus they’re old and retired, meaning they’re ripe for a bit of rough fun, Clockwork Orange-style.

China at the turn of the century. Everything is upside down. Respect for your elders? You’ve got to be joking. Communism? Yeah right. Cut-throat capitalism is the only way to get ahead. “To get rich is glorious”.

In ten wonderfully surreal stories, Anne Stevenson-Yang conjures up the atmosphere of a society in freefall. China as you’ve never imagined it: a wife who fakes her divorce so she can buy an apartment; neglected teens who tie up an elderly couple so they can use their kitchen; a country girl who poisons a disabled man for a residence permit.

And other stories

Publication dates:

UK 5 March 2024 | US 16 April 2024

£9.99 | 192 pages

978-1-7394243-0-5 | Paperback

978-1-7394243-3-6 | ebook

“Stevenson-Yang personalises the Chinese monolith, demonstrating that the residents of the Middle Kingdom are every bit as petty, venal, self-destructive, and vulnerable to heartbreak as we are.”
- Lionel Shriver, Author of We Need to Talk about Kevin

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The author

Anne Stevenson-Yang first moved to Beijing in 1985. In more than a quarter of a century living and working in China, she founded companies in publishing, software and online media. Today, back in New York, she runs J Capital Research USA and is the author of China Alone: China’s Emergence and Potential Return to Isolation, and Wild Ride.