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George Lee

George Lee is a lawyer and novelist living in Vancouver. Lee was born and grew up in China where he completed his undergraduate studies at Wuhan University. He earned an MA in English literature from the University of Calgary and a JD from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.


Dancing in the River

Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2022.
PS8623 .E4375 D36 2022

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Growing up in a small, riverside town, Little Bright is thrusted into the political whirlwinds along with his family during China’s Cultural Revolution. When a reversal of the winds of reform blows through the land, however, he learns the once-forbidden tongue—English—which lends wings to his sense and sensibility. At college, he adopts a new English name, Victor. With the deepening of his knowledge of the English language, he begins to place himself under the tutelage of Pavlov, Sherlock Holmes, and Shakespeare.

When the story unravels, however, Victor’s un-Chinese passion and tension threaten to topple his moral world and mental universe. Now, he must wade into an uncharted journey to unlock the dilemma and to unearth his destiny.

Drawing on his own life experiences, George Lee has fashioned an unforgettable coming-of-age story about fate and faith, good and evil, power of imagination and storytelling, and, above all, wonder of English literature.

Awards and Honours

2022 Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction


Publisher Guernica Editions

George Lee Law professional website