Author：Verbena C. W，Elaine Yang
In August of 2016, Amazon.cn released its bestseller list for the first half of 2016. In the Top 10 List for Fiction, bestsellers from overseas again led the list with more than half of the entries.
Inspite of the good showing from overseas books, the winner is a domestic production: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, the “father of Chinese sci-fi.” In the book, a female scientist traumatized from the Cultural Revolution sends dangerous signals to outer space, causing the Three-Body culture, an extra-terrestrial civilization struggling with three suns circling with no pattern, to launch an attack on Earth. Since the Three-Body culture could not understand ideas hidden inside human brain waves, humans tried to use the flaw to create a counter-attack plan, however, the aliens have devised another plot… The English edition of The Three-Body Problem was popular with overseas readers too, with the translation winning Best Fiction at the Hugo Awards, the most prestigious awards in sci-fi and fantasy writing.
Book number two, three, and four on the list are long-running bestsellers from overseas: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by American writer Gabrielle Zevin, Unworried Store, a novel by Japanese suspense writer Higashino Keigo, and The Kite Runner by Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini.
Fifth on the list is still the suspense novel with three years on the bestseller list, Everything I Never Told You by Chinese-American author Celeste Ng. A young woman, Lydia, who died of accidental death, was the only daughter in an Asian-American family. After her body was found, her father was overwhelmed with guilt while her mother was consumed with thoughts of revenge. Meanwhile, her brother was convinced the bad boy next door was responsible, and only his sister knew the truth. The New York Times called it a gentle book with the power to incite endless sadness.
Japanese writer Ira Ishida’s new book, Lonely Novelist, is in sixth place. The story described the dedication of a writer who kept writing for 10 years, while One Hundred Years of Solitude by renowned Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez stayed a bestseller at seventh place.
British writer Claire McFall’s Ferryman is in eighth place. The story used teenagers’ perspective to interpret love and caring. By describing a young couple’s experiences and ideas, the book managed to reveal everyone’s longing for family, friendship, and romantic love.
Number nine on the list is a Chinese classic, the novel Ordinary World by author Lu Yao. The book is set in China from the 1970s to the 1980s; by following the lives of two brothers, Sun Shao’an and Sun Shaoping, the writer painted a portrait of ordinary people in every class of society, revealing their careers and love lives, challenges and pursuits, as well as their pain and joy… Moments of everyday life and enormous social changes were interwoven into a complex story, showing the difficult path a regular person has to travel in an era filled with major changes.
British writer Rachel Joyce’s book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, is last on the list. Harold is a 65-year-old man who lives in the countryside with his estranged wife. One day, he received a letter from an old friend, Queenie, whom he hasn’t seen for 20 years. Queenie said she had cancer and was saying goodbye. Shocked and grieving, Harold started to remember his own life while trying to post a reply letter, when he began a journey through time. The book was a Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2012), and a bestseller in 34 countries.