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By Xiaolu Guo

Language and love collide during this creative novel of a tender chinese language woman's trip to the West and her makes an attempt to appreciate the language, and the fellow, she adores.Zhuang – or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners – has come to London to review English, yet reveals herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who alterations every little thing, top her right into a global of self-discovery. She quickly realizes that, within the West, “love” doesn't consistently suggest just like in China, and so that you can research all of the phrases within the English language and nonetheless no longer comprehend your lover. and because the novel progresses with gradually enhancing grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension the entire extra poignant. With glowing wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an completely unique novel approximately id and the cultural divide.

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She’d escaped. After checking into a cheap motel, Misty got to work. She took the contents from the bag she’d had stored in her trunk and began her transformation. A couple of hours later, when she looked at herself in the mirror, she was almost unable to recognize the woman gazing back at her. Black hair hung straight down her back, makeup covered the bruises that would finally have time to heal before new wounds were inflicted, and contacts changed her green eyes to brown. With a new name, she wouldn’t be found.

There had to be something immensely wrong with him if he could get even the slightest bit turned on in this situation. But he’d been so busy trying to defend himself from this shockingly strong woman that he was just now realizing that the two of them were lying flush against each other, and though she might be petite, she carried some killer curves. Yeah, great self-defense, bozo! Bryson would absolutely never hear the end of this if he stood up with an erection. Breathe! he commanded himself.

He was laughing again. “I’ll remember this,” Bryson grumbled at his partner while leading the woman out of the back room. “Stop! I’m calling the police,” said a pimply-faced teenage boy who stood frozen in all his bravery by the front counter. “Took you long enough to check on your co-worker, son,” said Axel, his hazel eyes twinkling.

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