Chen Jiangshui is a pig-butcher in a small coastal Taiwanese town. Stocky, with a paunch and deep-set beady eyes, he resembles a pig himself. His brutality towards his new young wife, Lin Shi, knows no bounds. The more she screams, the more he likes it. She is further isolated by the vicious gossip of her neighbors who condemn her for screaming aloud. As they see it, women are supposed to be tolerant and put their husbands above everything else. According to an old Chinese belief, all butchers are destined for hell an ...

The Butcher's Wife 2002, Peter Owen Publishers, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780720611618

Trade paperback

Butchers Wife 1986, North Point Press, San Francisco, CA

ISBN-13: 9780865472532

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