Ren Xiaowen was born in 1978, making her almost-but-not-quite a “post-80’s generation” writer. She got her Master’s Degree in Journalism from Fudan University in 2003, then jointly founded a tea distribution company two years later, which she has recently closed. She is the author of two novels, Them and On the Island, as well as Flying Carpet, a collection of short stories. Her unusual fictional style combines a deep knowledge of traditional Chinese literature, the incisiveness of an academically-trained mind, and a lyrical sense of style.
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