Salt Fish Girl

Salt Fish Girl

"Salt Fish Girl" is the mesmerizing tale of an ageless female character who shifts shape and form through time and place. Told in the beguiling voice of a narrator who is fish, snake, girl, and woman - all of whom must struggle against adversity for survival - the novel is set alternately in nineteenth-century China and in a futuristic Pacific Northwest.

At turns whimsical and wry, "Salt Fish Girl" intertwines the story of Nu Wa, the shape-shifter, and that of Miranda, a troubled young girl living in the walled city of Serendipity circa 2044. Miranda is haunted by traces of her mother's glamourous cabaret career, the strange smell of durian fruit that lingers about her, and odd tokens reminiscient of Nu Wa. Could Miranda be infected by the Dreaming Disease that makes the past leak into the present?

Framed by a playful sense of magical realism, "Salt Fish Girl" reveals a futuristic Pacific Northwest where corporations govern cities, factory workers are cybernetically engineered, middle-class labour is a video game, and those who haven't sold out to commerce and other ills must fight the evil powers intent on controlling everything. Rich with ancient Chinese mythology and cultural lore, this remarkable novel is about gender, love, honour, intrigue, and fighting against oppression.

Title:Salt Fish Girl
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780887621116
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  • Marri

    *2020 Update*: From time to time, as I've learned more about non-Western narrative structure, I've thought back to this review. I think I may have missed some things here, which speaks less to the aut...

  • Megan

    It took me a while to get into this but then we were off. I was really struck/impressed by the novel's unusual combination of fabulism and scifi, and the ways in which the two narratives are joined vi...

  • Helen

    This is a bit of an odd book but the writing style is beautiful and gripping and I loved the way the author uses the sense of smell to bring the story to life. I'm having a difficult time trying to ex...

  • Mook

    This is a story about stink, after all, a story about rot, about how life grows out of the most fetid-smelling places...This book is one that circles around itself, moving back and forth between times...

  • Sheldon Farough

    I really liked this book at the beginning but not so much by the end. I felt like it tried to do too much and left way too many questions unanswered.I liked certain elements of this story. Beginning w...

  • Rob

    (10/10) I'm almost not sure how to describe this one, because there's so much craziness crashing together here but somehow it all manages to work, flowing into a chaotic, jubilant, orgiastic whole. At...

  • c.

    weird af but excellent book about genetic modification, building and extending mythology, the post-human. olivia butler vibes for sure....

  • Aubrey

    This book strongly reminded me of The Incarnations for reasons both critical and facile. Asian superficialities aside, the intimations of immortality in both works were of an unfortunately similar fe...

  • Julian Spergel

    Reading this book is like being pulled through a dream-like landscape. The book follows dream logic, so I think it would be incorrect to say the characters act against their self interest, only that t...

  • Clair

    The story alternates between two settings: 19th century China and a future Pacific Northwest, it spirals around, back and forth between the two tales. A deity, Nu-Wa creates human beings. She chooses ...