“Through an almost satirical look into a near-future China, King’s debut makes a compelling argument that marriage is a method of societal control.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 5 Best Fantasy Books of 2017.
Set in the mid-21st century, An Excess Male is the terrifying fiction tale of inequality, politics, love, marriage, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classics The Handmaid’s Tale and When She Woke.
According to China’s one-child policy and a cultural difference for sons, Wei-Guo is one of more than 40 million “excess” males who wanted to get married but are not wealthy enough to afford a wife.
China’s one-child policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by forty million unmarriageable men. According to the statistics, more than 25 percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own by the year 2030.
An Excess Male is the story of one such leftover man’s hunt for love and family under a government that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and imposes order through higher authority measures, energized communist ideals, and social engineering.
In this startling and beautiful debut novel, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all-too-plausible future.
Maggie draws us into her provocative world through her intimate exploration of her characters’ desires, fears, and frustrations. Each chapter in this book is written from a different character’s point of view, deepening our empathy for them and making clear how this not-so-futuristic society seems designed to build barriers for even their most basic needs.