• "Expertly done"

    Daily Mail
  • "A compelling book... [Jin] has a fine sense of the human scale of history and an eye for the absurd"

  • "[Jin's] new novel...again demonstrates his literary gifts"

    The Times
  • "A fascinating tale told with skill and eloquence; a truly wonderful read"

    Publishing News
  • "The a complicated web of human attachments. Like the best realist writers, Ha Jin sneaks emotional power into the plainest declarative sentences"

    New Yorker