Reviews

  • An elegant, dreamlike tale of a woman’s self-realisation in contemporary Beijing. Yu’s writing has an arresting, unadorned lyricism

    Daily Telegraph
  • A seductive, sharply observed tale of love, loss and hope that moves from high-rise Beijing to rural Tibet and the mysterious, magical ‘world of water’

    Fanny Blake, Daily Mail
  • A startlingly original imagination... Braised Pork is a sensitive portrait of alienated young womanhood as it is set free

    Guardian
  • Rich and strange Braised Pork is a debut that gets under your skin

    Anthony Cummins, Observer
  • Braised Pork is mesmerising, incisive and utterly disarming. An Yu writes beautifully about loneliness, the experience of isolation — from others, from one’s own past — and the possibility of human connection, however fragile.

    Rosie Price
  • So elegant and poised, so tuned to the great mysteries of love and loss. Like a breeze on a still day, An Yu’s is a voice I didn't know I needed until I felt it. Braised Pork is a major debut

    John Freeman
  • Bold yet understated, Braised Pork is the debut of a supremely confident and gifted writer.

    Katie Kitamura
  • What a singular, slippery, transfixing novel this is. An Yu achieves a hypnotizing emotional clarity as she takes her narrator ever further from a stifling life in Beijing into a watery realm unlike any I've read before.

    Idra Novey
  • Yu’s novel has a cool, poised elegance that only adds to its enigmatic allure

    Economist
  • A dizzying read… An Yu writes with style and in a way that is hard to resist

    Lucy Knight, Sunday Times

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