??? (Simplified)

by R. Jean Mathieu

Publisher: FedoraArts Press

Publication Date: September 10, 2015

ISBN: 9781311143549

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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"Ying Wen would not have gone into the store had it not been a few days before Christmas. He had forgotten to buy his mother a gift, and, knowing her predilection for antique Russian dolls, he hoped that one of the high street shops in East Gate Shopping District would have something like that.

“No have.” The old woman at shop said. “We have other, you want, you want?”

She cluttered worthless baubles on the table, old coins, costume jewelry, and little ceramic trinkets, marking each one with “You want? You want?” Ying Wen had no time for some senile old crone from the inner provinces who was too backward to speak proper English. He was about to say so when she pulled out the book."

A Christmastime satire of holiday tradition and a chillingly possible future, R. Jean Mathieu's "Simplified" is not your usual Christmas story. In 2100 China, business is good. The world has adapted Chinese business practices like the English language and the Gregorian calendar. And yet, in searching for a Christmas present for his mother, Ying Wen stumbles across an older China, a different China...one disturbing in its implications that, once upon a time, China did not speak English.