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Li Xuelian, married to Qin Yuhe, becomes pregnant with their second child. With the government's one-child policy, the only way to keep the child is to first divorce and then remarry after the birth of the baby. It seems like a perfect idea, but after the divorce, the ex-husband decides to marry another woman. Furious, Li Xuelian wants to declare the separation a sham so that she can get a proper divorce. She decides to seek redress from local, uncaring politicians and sets off on a legal crusade which will take her all the way up to Beijing.

Liu Zhenyun is the author of many bestselling novels. He has won numerous prizes in China and Hong Kong, among them the prestigious Mao Dun Literature Prize in 2011, and his works have been translated into several languages. Many of his novels have been brought to the big screen by the film director Feng Xiaogang, including the blockbuster Cell Phone. In 2016, I Did Not Kill My Husband was adapted into the film I Am Not Madame Bovary, starring Fan Bingbing.

Please note: this is a book discussion, not a talk. The author will not be present.