• 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
  • Guo's latest novel...demonstrates how much can be achieved when narrative is cut loose from plot and scene-setting in favour of free-floating reflection

    Anthony Cummins, i
  • An absolute must-read and one of the finest novels of 2020, period

    Books and Bao

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