Habit of a Foreign Sky by Xu Xi

By SMW Staff

What happens when a high-powered female executive relinquishes all responsibilities?

Somewhere between Hong Kong and New York, life does an abrupt shift for Gail Szeto, when her mother, her last family member, is killed in an accident. For Gail, a mixed-race, single mother who had buried her young son less than two years prior, all she has left is a hard-won career at a global investment bank. Life rapidly goes into free fall for this woman with a complicated past, who was once so sure of her direction in life, who can now see no clear future path. Shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, this novel offers a an international cast of characters in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

XU XI is an O. Henry prize-winning writer. She has penned seven books including The Unwalled City and Evanescent Isles, and edited several literary anthologies including Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing. In 2009, she was elected faculty chair at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing, the first woman, ethnic minority and foreign-born U.S. national tohold the position. Before becoming a full-timewriter, Xu spent 18 years in international marketing and management, including posts at Federal Express, Leo Burnett Advertising and The Asian Wall Street Journal. She is now Writer-in-Residence at City University of Hong Kong, where she founded the first MFA for Asian writing in English.  AChinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong, she splits her time between New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand. She holds a MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Learn more at www.xuxiwriter.com.

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