Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana – yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and Hollywood actress Auntie Mei. Her only friend is Jay – a mixed raced Jamaican boy with a passion for classical music. Then Xing Li’s life takes an even harsher turn: the school bullying escalates and her uncle requests she assist him in an unthinkable favour. Her happy childhood becomes a distant memory as her new life is infiltrated with the harsh reality of being an ethnic minority. Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means to be both Chinese and British.
‘Wong’s debut successfully retains the light-heartedness and hopefulness of its young protagonist while dealing with racism, bullying and abuse. It is revealing in its exploration of cultural and generational conflicts and moving in its optimism.‘ The Guardian
‘PP Wong has blazed a trail for future British Chinese novelists. The Life of a Banana is bursting with original and exciting flavours.’ The Independent
‘PP Wong is the first British-born Chinese author to get a UK publishing deal, and this is perhaps why Life Of A Banana is so refreshingly distinct. Read it, and you will soon find yourself wanting more:’ The Daily Mail