Tapping into people's fascination with what is going on in modern China, Xinran (author of the bestselling The Good Women of China) has written a delightfully warm and fascinating tale of three peasant girls trying to get to grips with life in the big city.
Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958 and was a successful journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives, The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian, appeared frequently on radio and TV and published the acclaimed Sky Burial and a book of her Guardian columns called What the Chinese Don't Eat. She lives in London but travels regularly to China. She is working on a major oral history of China, China Witness, to be published in 2008. Her charity, The Mothers' Bridge of Love (www.motherbridge.org), was founded to help disadvantaged Chinese children and to build a bridge of understanding between the West and China.
Respect for honour and tradition, wicked humour and a vital social
message combine in an appealing yet sometimes shocking read *
The story remains engrossing, and when Xinran turns her attention to the frenetic streets and history of Nanjing, her own beloved hometown, the prose truly comes to life * Daily Mail *
This mood of hope, as both inspiring and ultimately attainable, is what makes Miss Chopsticks such an uplifting read * Financial Times *
Xinran's tale will likely play on the mind for years to come * Big Issue *
Xinran's skill lies in investigating the universal human thoughts and emotions behind the girls' naivety * Observer *