Psychologically astute and dryly funny, Exciting Times delivers an enthralling dissection of love, commitment, power and privilege in the international circles of contemporary Hong Kong.
Empire's Pick for The Best Books Made By Women in Fiction 2021
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2021
Longlisted for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2021
Shortlisted for the Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award 2020
Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.
When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents' money, it's called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she's not sure what to call it, but it involves:
- A badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children;
- Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room;
- Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks;
- Money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections.
Exciting times ensue.
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm