1930s Shanghai, the setting for The Dancing Girl & the Turtle, was an era of opium smoke, elaborate dance halls and glamorous women in cheongsam.

Book review: The Dancing Girl & the Turtle makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like light bondage with its tale of Chinese prostitution

Karen Kao’s debut novel about a beautiful girl from the countryside trying to make her way in 1930s Shanghai stands apart from similar efforts with its disturbing twists, shocking violence and great ending

Topic |   Chinese authors

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1930s Shanghai, the setting for The Dancing Girl & the Turtle, was an era of opium smoke, elaborate dance halls and glamorous women in cheongsam.
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