Only the Cat Knows

This harrowing and extraordinary story, based on a true event, is part of a series of tales illuminating the microcosm of all humanity contained in a typical Chinese “worker village.” Here, an exploited young factory worker has nothing to live for beyond a frail chance of a pay raise. When it never happens, he feels trapped between his family and official greed, indifference, and corruption. He then loses a ten-yuan note in a grain shop and turns desperately manic. While burgling the home of his sister, he is caught and accused by his little niece. Horrorstruck, he performs the action that will seal his fate forever . . .


Winner of the 2020 Red Hen Press Novella Award


“Only the Cat Knows stands out in its depiction of a man trapped by debt and consumed by his sense of inadequacy. This honest portrayal of money and power and the many ways they weigh on our lives is timely and captures the sense of our current times as well as the economic woes that sometimes lead to desperate and tragic ends.”
—Donna Hemans, author of Tea by the Sea

A bright red background with a drawing of a black cat and text reading "Only the Cat Knows" and "Ruyen Meng"

Ruyan Meng

Publication Date: August 2, 2022

Genre/Imprint: Fiction

$14.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 9781597098762

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