Chosen as a Book of the Year by AS Byatt and Pankaj Mishra in the Guardian, and by the Sunday Times.
‘Li was named by Granta as one of the best writers under 35, and she’s fabulous – nobody else has such an instinct for the tension between tradition and modernity…Modern China convulsed by progress, is wonderfully evoked.’ Times
‘To read any one of these stories is to receive proof of Li’s mastery. They are exquisitely made, and function with a vast, metronomic precision that eschews anything inessential.’ Independent on Sunday
‘Yiyun Li’s beautifully crafted Munro-like stories of loss and betrayal show the human cost of living in a changing world.’ Sunday Times
‘Comparisons to Chekov and to William Trevor hold true … Li is an exceptional writer.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘From its start you are reading in the presence of a bracingly clarified mind which produces prose of the utmost sparseness’ Scotsman
‘Attuned to every nuance of sadness, Li writes delicately about death, brutality and leave-taking’ Independent