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New Novel Explores History of China Through Reincarnation

imageTune in at 12:30 p.m. CST today for my interview with Susan Barker, author of the new novel set in China, THE INCARNATIONS.

About the Book

Set in 2008, Suan Barker’s new novel, THE INCARNATIONS, is about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate. “Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you.” So begins the first letter that falls into Wang’s lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi. The letters that follow are filled with the stories of Wang’s previous lives—from escaping marriage as a spirit bride, to being a slave on the run from Genghis Khan, to living as a fisherman during the Opium Wars, to being a teenager on the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution—bound to his mysterious “soulmate,” spanning one thousand years of betrayal and intrigue. As the letters continue to appear, Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him—someone who claims to have known him for over one thousand years. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher growing closer and closer… Seamlessly weaving Chinese folklore, history, and literary classics, The Incarnations sheds light on the cyclical nature of history as it hints that the past is never truly settled.

Susan Barker

Susan Barker

About the Author

Susan Barker grew up in east London. She studied philosophy at the University of Leeds and creative writing at the University of Manchester. She is the author of the novels Sayonara Bar (2005) and The Orientalist and the Ghost (2008).

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