Book summary

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Madeleine Thien

​Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations — those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-20th century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century. With exquisite writing sharpened by a surprising vein of wit and sly humour, Thien has crafted unforgettable characters who are by turns flinty and headstrong, dreamy and tender, foolish and wise. (From Knopf Canada)

Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.


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Madeleine Thien on her latest novel, which is long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. 16:08
The Canadian author discusses her recent Governor General's Award for fiction win for her novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing. 9:32
Canadian author Madeleine Thien follows up her Governor General's Award win with the Scotiabank Giller Prize. 10:46

The Booker, Giller and Governor General Award-nominee reads an excerpt from her acclaimed new novel. 0:55


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