11/21 - Quincy Carroll, Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside
Everybody wants to think they're the only foreigner living in China.
Meet Thomas Guillard: teacher, deadbeat, laowai. After aquiring a job at a school in one of China's more impoverished towns, he encounters Daniel--a young, idealistic graduate who has left America to escape what he considers a predictable life. As these two work to establish themselves within the local community, the clashing nature of their philosophies becomes clear: Daniel's desire to reach out and learn something from the world versus Guillard's belief that others ought to reach out and learn from him. And when Bella, an overeager and ingratiating student, gets caught up in the conflict, they come to realize that this country might not be big enough for the both of them.
Quincy Carroll was born and raised in Natick, Massachusetts. After graduating from Yale in 2007, he moved to Hunan, China to teach English. Upon returning to the States, he was a student in the MFA Creative Writing program at Emerson College. He currently teaches Mandarin in Oakland, CA. Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside is his first novel.