“Part political thriller, part dystopian nightmare... Koonchung reveals the moral and political perils of contemporary Chinese life." (
"In conjuring China’s very near future, Chan Koonchung has given us a bracingly honest portrait of the present. He captures all the flamboyant paradoxes of daily life in China on the cusp of empire, but is also awake to its submerged anxieties. His writing is steeped in humor and fantasy, but his project could not be more serious: The struggle over the soul of a nation." (Evan Osnos, Beijing correspondent,
The New Yorker)
“What happens when 1.3 billion Chinese are all very happy?
The Fat Years is suspenseful, hilarious, intelligent, and dark - a powerful novel. Anyone interested in learning about the current state and future of China should read this novel.” (Shu-mei Shih, University of California, Los Angeles)