Sob Story

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Bring a raincoat, or else get soaked by all the tears in Yu Hua's woebegone novel Cries in the Drizzle — originally serialized in a Shanghai literary journal in 1991, but recently published in English for the first time. In this glum and afflicted work, a schoolgirl blubbers when a snowball hits her; an unfaithful husband sobs at his wife's grave; a bride bawls when molested by her father-in-law; and, in the grisliest scene, a son keens into the void after a canine kills and eats his feeble mother.

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