Jia's novel: Spotlight on rural pain
Updated: 2016-04-20 08:18
By Yang Yang(China Daily)
But it took Jia a while to write the story as he searched for a narrative style.
"I kept thinking how I could tell the story about the miserable experience of an abducted woman without making it sound melodramatic," he says.
Jia, who also comes from a farmers' family, then began to focus on population thinning in rural areas of China. Last year, he went to the Shaanxi countryside, visiting many villages along the highways.
"To my surprise, I saw only three or four people around big houses, but almost none around other residences," he says.
When he looked through the cracks of doors, he saw tall wild grass growing in the yards.