• Stunning...This book will make your jaw drop, then clench in anger.

  • Guo is rebellious, flamboyant and fundamentally optimistic...fascinating.

    Scotland on Sunday
  • Riveting...Guo is an angrier, bolder, more ambitious figure than her forebears.

    The Times
  • Utterly compelling... She writes superbly about her struggle to escape the constraints of gender, poverty and state interference. This extraordinary memoir will enhance her burgeoning reputation.

    Sunday Times
  • Aside from the fast-paced plot, this is most interesting for its probing portrayal of Guo’s ambivalent relationship with her homeland… An impressive feature of this moving and often exhilarating book is the brutality of her portrait of her parents.

    Financial Times

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