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An extraordinarily powerful collection of heartbreaking, shocking stories, including Xinran's own experience, of Chinese mothers who have lost or had to abandon their daughters and are still searching...
Born in Beijing in 1958, Xinran was a journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she wrote her bestselling book The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian, appeared frequently on radio and TV and published Sky Burial, What the Chinese Don't Eat, a novel (Miss Chopsticks), and a groundbreaking work of oral history, China Witness. Her charity, The Mothers' Bridge of Love, was founded to help disadvantaged Chinese children and to build a bridge of understanding between the West and China.
"This is an extraordinary book told with generosity and warmth by a brilliant storyteller" -- Hilary Spurling * Financial Times * "Xinran rages against the system and gives voice to adoptive mothers overseas who have rescued young Chinese girls and desolate birth mothers who grieve and feel guilt for the loss of their daughters" -- Iain Finlayson * The Times * "One would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved" * Economist * "No bleaker picture exists of the fate of Chinese female infants...than Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother" * Spectator * "Harrowing and heartbreaking yet important tales" * SHE Magazine *