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Jennifer Feeley

Jennifer Feeley is the translator of Xi Xi’s Mourning a Breast, Not Written Words: Selected Poetry of Xi Xi, and Carnival of Animals: Xi Xi’s Animal Poems, as well as Chen Jiatong’s White Fox series and Wong Yi’s Cantonese chamber opera libretto Women Like Us. Her forthcoming translations include Lau Yee-Wa’s Tongueless and Xi Xi’s My City. She is the recipient of the 2017 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize and a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship.


Mourning a Breast

Xi Xi

368 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published July 2024
ISBN 9781923106109

In 1989, the Hong Kong cult classic writer Xi Xi was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mourning a Breast, published two and a half years later, is a disarmingly honest and deeply personal account of the author’s experience of a mastectomy and of her subsequent recovery. Heralded as the first Chinese-language book to cast off the stigma of writing about illness and to expose the myths associated with breast cancer, it is now published in a new English language edition with translation by Jennifer Feeley.