George Lee's debut novel, Dancing in the River, receives critical acclaim
Chinese-Canadian author George Lee has received critical acclaim in the media for his debut novel, Dancing in the River.
A powerful memoir in fictional form, Dancing in the River recounts Lee’s traumatic experiences growing up amidst China’s infamous Cultural Revolution.
The 2021 winner of Canada’s prestigious Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction, the novel charts his inspirational journey surviving the “ideological indoctrination and brainwashing” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under the leadership of Chairman Mao.
In particular, it reveals how the discovery of Western literature, which was banned until the death of Mao in 1976, led to the author’s personal growth and spiritual enlightenment.
In writing the novel, which is out now, Lee hopes to build bridges between the West and China at a time of increasing ideological divide.
Chinese-Canadian author George Lee, author of critically acclaimed novel Dancing in the River.
Dancing in the River by George Lee is available now, published through Guernica Editions.
During this book PR campaign for Mr Lee, we have been delighted to have generated a raft of glowing reviews for Dancing in the River.
These include placements with the likes of Reader’s Digest and The London Economic.
The former publication has described the novel as a “stunning literary debut” which is “informative and inspirational in equal measure”.
The London Economic, meanwhile, has hailed it as a “coming-of-age story that goes beyond the individual to break down cultural barriers.”