Robert F. Delaney's THE WOUNDED MUSE
Qiang returns to his homeland of China from Silicon Valley to find Beijing undergoing a chaotic transformation in the lead up to hosting the 2008 Olympic Games. Wrecking balls are knocking down entire neighborhoods to make way for new structures more in line with the government’s vision of a modern China. The tumult inspires Qiang to shoot a documentary about the loss of affordable housing, which draws the attention of public security officials. When Qiang is suddenly arrested by local police, it falls on his friend Jake, an American journalist who admires Qiang and his work, to try to figure out how to end the detention. With few options, Jake enlists the help of those he’s not sure he can trust. Dawei, a Chinese itinerant Jake befriended years earlier, returns to Beijing in the midst of a cat-and-mouse game Jake is playing with the authorities to retrieve a memento that has suddenly become extremely valuable. Dawei becomes ensnared in a plan to force the authorities to release Qiang, and Jake must then decide who survives. Based on real events, Robert F. Delaney’s The Wounded Muse takes readers to a city and country undergoing a transformation on a scale previously unseen, where in the shadowed wreckage of forgotten communities people are pushed to psychological extremes to secure their position.
Robert F. Delaney has been covering China as a journalist for Dow Jones Newswires , Bloomberg News , and South China Morning Post since 1995. He moved to China in 1992, when the government set in motion an economic reform programme to counteract the trauma of 1989 and re-assume Beijing’s position as the seat of a powerful nation. Robert spent many years covering the twists and turns of this transformation and eventually grew tired of economic data. He then turned to focus on the personal struggles of those in the middle of these changes. Many of the themes for The Wounded Muse –Delaney’s first novel–were first developed in Route 1 to China , a collection of short stories that was named first runner up in the University of Toronto–Penguin Random House Creative Writing Competition in 2012. Robert splits his time between New York City and Toronto.
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104