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Chinese Whiskers

(2010)
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Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar is a charming fable set against the landscape of contemporary Beijing, seen through the eyes of two cats.

Soyabean is a middle class cat looked after by a grandmother who embodies traditional Chinese morality. Tofu is born to a stray cat mother in a backyard dustbin. They are brought together when they are adopted by foreigners, who live in a traditional style courtyard house in Beijing's traditional hutong neighborhoods. Then Soyabean is offered a job as a model for a new brand of cat food while at the same time a mysterious virus is sickening people across the city. Cats are blamed for it and are being rounded up, and Soyabean and Tofu's idyllic lives as pampered pets come to an abrupt end.

Interweaving real episodes in recent Chinese history such as the Olympic Games, the SARS virus, and tainted pet-food scandals with a richly imagined world, this heartwarming story of cats and humans does what W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose did for canines. It will make you laugh and tear up, while showing the battles fought between the corruption of modern living and the ideals of traditional life.

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Hardback Editions

December 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chinese Whiskers: A Novel
Author(s): Pallavi Aiyar
ISBN: 1-250-01448-4 / 978-1-250-01448-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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December 2010 : Hardback
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Title: Chinese Whiskers
Author(s): Pallavi Aiyar
ISBN: 9350290162 / 978-9350290163
Publisher: HarperCollins India
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chinese Whiskers: A Novel
Author(s): Pallavi Aiyar
ISBN: 1-250-06554-2 / 978-1-250-06554-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Chinese Whiskers: A Novel
Author(s): Pallavi Aiyar
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


June 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chinese Whiskers
Author(s): Pallavi Aiyar
Publisher: Harper
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