Soyabean is a kitten when he is adopted by Mr and Mrs A, foreigners who live in a large courtyard house in Beijing. Soon after, the couple bring home Tofu, a rescued dustbin cat. Just as the cats are settling into their new, pampered lives, Soyabean is offered a job as a model for a new brand of cat food. Meanwhile, a mysterious viral epidemic sweeps across the city and rumour has it that cats are the source. Could it be true?
Chinese Whiskers is a modern fable set in the ever-changing landscape of early twenty-first-century China. Told from a feline point of view and richly textured with the sights and sounds of the hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing, Pallavi Aiyar’s first novel will make you laugh and tear up, and think again about the battles that we all fight between the corruption of fast living and the ideals of traditional life.
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