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An Excess Male: A Novel by Maggie Shen King

By Maggie Shen King

From debut writer Maggie Shen King, An extra Male is the chilling dystopian story of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and uprising, set in a near-future China, that additional explores the topics of the classics The Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke.

Under the single baby coverage, each person plotted to have a son.

Now forty million of them cannot locate wives. 

China’s One baby coverage and its cultural choice for male heirs have created a society overrun by means of forty million unmarriageable males. through the 12 months 2030, greater than twenty-five percentage of fellows of their past due thirties don't have a relatives in their personal. An extra Male is one such leftover man’s quest for romance and relations lower than a nation that seeks to glorify its previous errors and impose order via authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist beliefs, and social engineering.

Wei-guo holds quick to the assumption that so long as he keeps to enhance himself, his small enterprise, and in flip, his state, his likelihood at love will come. He eventually saves up the dowry required to go into matchmaking talks on the lowest rung as a 3rd husband—the greatest allowed via legislations. just a unmarried family—one harboring an unlawful spouse—shows curiosity, but with May-ling and her husbands, Wei-guo feels obvious, heard, and hooked up to love by no means earlier than. yet every body and everything—walls, streetlights, rubbish cans—are listening, and males, extra or now not, are dispensable to the country. Wei-guo needs to achieve a brand new knowing of patriotism and try out the boundaries of his love and his get to the bottom of as a way to retailer himself and this relations he has come to carry dear.

In Maggie Shen King’s startling and gorgeous debut, An extra Male looks to discover the intersection of marriage, kinfolk, gender, and kingdom in an all-too-plausible future.

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