Madeleine Thien is the author of two previous novels and a collection of stories. Her works have been translated into twenty-five languages. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Thien lives in Montreal.
For November, we have an excerpt from Madeleine Thien's Man Booker Nominated Do Not Say We Have Nothing, a multi-generational novel that takes readers through the Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square protests all the way to modern day Canada. Interwoven are stories within stories, and a book within a book. At its heart, the novel is about how politics and art collide, how guilt and shame can fester and destroy us, and how governments can betray the people they are supposedly working for.