By Wenguang Huang
A Washington Post better of 2012 pick
“Delightful . . . a booklet that brings a nook of recent China alive.”—The Wall road Journal
When Wenguang Huang used to be 9 years outdated, his grandmother grew to become captivated with her personal loss of life. Fearing cremation, she extracted from her kin the promise to bury her after she died. This used to be in Xian, a urban in crucial China, within the Seventies, while a countrywide ban on all conventional chinese language practices, together with burials, was once strictly enforced. yet Huang’s grandmother used to be chronic, and years later, his father outfitted her a coffin. He additionally appointed his older son, Wenguang, as coffin keeper, a contrast that intended, between different issues, slumbering subsequent to the coffin at night.
Over the subsequent fifteen years, the full relatives was once ate up with making plans Grandma’s burial, a standard resource of friction and rivalry, with the consistent probability of being stuck through the professionals. a long time after her dying, the family’s thoughts of her coffin nonetheless loom huge. Huang, now dwelling and dealing in the USA, has come to achieve how a lot the fear over the coffin has affected his upbringing and formed the lives of every body within the kin. Lyrical and poignant, humorous and heartrending, The Little crimson Guard is the strong story of a normal relations discovering their method via turbulence and transition.