harvest season – a novel
When a travel writer retreats to an idyllic valley in the mountains of Southwest China where the weed grows wild on the mountain slopes, he finds his vision of paradise pitted against a new breed of travelers who want to bring the party to town. The scene is set for a clash that will change the valley forever.
praise for harvest season
A great read. . . . It's obvious that Chris Taylor knows the backpacker-turned-longtermer scene inside out. I felt as if I knew these characters well
Gripping. . . . Chris Taylor knows China better than anyone.
A racy, chemical fueled parable . . . like Alex Garland's The Beach . . . except the writing is better . . . wiser [and] more poignant
A fresh take. . . . Taylor is right at home . . . navigating the shifting enigma and subtle subtext of Chinese society with a deft and natural touch
One of the five most interesting novels of 2010
"A gust of cold air announced their arrival. It was harvest season and the ganja was coming down off the mountain slopes in baskets. At that time of year the warmth of the days gave way to frigid cold with nightfall and a chill seeped into the bar every time the door swung open. He had pale, watery blue eyes and a punch-drunk nose; he entered the bar as if he owned it, dressed in a hoodie and faded jeans. She glided in behind him with a faraway gaze."