• Xiaolu Guo writes with tremendous delicacy and nuance about migration, language, alienation, and love... Guo has pared down every tiny chapter to its poetic essence so as to let the largest themes emerge, thus taking the reader from the verbal to something approaching the numinous

    Mike Cormack, Spectator
  • A story told with charm that will leave you in a ponderous mood

    Susannah Butter, Evening Standard

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