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The Reluctant Widow written by Georgette Heyer performed by Cornelius Garrett on CD (Unabridged)

The Reluctant Widow written by Georgette Heyer performed by Cornelius Garrett on CD (Unabridged)£44.99

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

An Excess Male written by Maggie Shen King performed by James Chen, Tim Chiow and Elaine Kao on CD (Unabridged)

An Excess Male written by Maggie Shen King performed by James Chen, Tim Chiow and Elaine Kao on CD (Unabridged)
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ISBN:  9781538454084
Genre - Main:  Fiction
Genre - Specific:  Modern
Duration:  840 mins
Length:  Unabridged
Author:  Maggie Shen King
Narrator 1:  James Chen
Narrator 2:  Tim Chiow
Narrator 3:  Elaine Kao
Rarity:  Extremely Rare

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From debut author Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male is the chilling dystopian tale of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classics The Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke. Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son.

Now 40 million of them can't find wives. China's One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs has created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than 25 percent of men in their late 30s will not have families of their own.

An Excess Male is one such leftover man's quest for love and family under a state that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.

Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and, in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband - the maximum allowed by law.

Only a single family - one harboring an illegal spouse - shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything - walls, streetlights, garbage cans - are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the state.

Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear.

In Maggie Shen King's startling and beautiful debut, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all-too-plausible future.

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