台裔美籍小說家Maggie Shen King初試啼聲之作。場景設定在近未來中國的《剩男》，是一部關於政治、不公、婚姻、愛與反叛的反烏托邦小說，近一步探索經典《使女的故事》與《當她醒來》的主題。
衛國堅定地相信，只要他不斷精進自己，把小生意搞好，國家跟著進步，他就能找到真愛。最後他終於存到了聘金，獲准進入婚配洽談的階段，好成為某人的第三個丈夫，這是國家法律允許的一妻多夫婚姻制度中，丈夫數量的最高額度。然而，只有一個家庭，而且是窩藏了一名非法配偶的家庭，對衛國有興趣。在與美玲和她的另外兩位丈夫相處的過程中，衛國感受到前所未有的照看、傾聽與連結的狀態。但是任何人、所有事(包括牆壁、街燈與垃圾桶)都在監聽。男人 – 不管剩男與否，對國家來說並非是必要的。
From debut author Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male is the chilling dystopian tale of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classics The Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke.
Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son.
Now 40 million of them can't find wives.
China’s One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man’s quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.
Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband—the maximum allowed by law. Only a single family—one harboring an illegal spouse—shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything—walls, streetlights, garbage cans—are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear.
In Maggie Shen King’s startling and beautiful debut, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all-too-plausible future.