• A refreshing departure from much of the recent Chinese fiction to reach these shores. The language has the pared-down simplicity of a fable; the effect is a bit like that of a Haruki Murakami novel

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Open this book and you will see a Chinese girl stepping towards you out of China's past and into its present, with all her dreams and striving

  • Exquisitely written and intricately contructed

  • Reading it is rather like finding yourself in a dream: "once upon a time..." People are going to like this book very much... What could have been a misery of a story has the mysterious charm of a fairy tale or a legend

    Doris Lessing

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