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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407065748
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Miss Chopsticks

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.

Sisters Three, Five and Six don't have much education, but they know two things for certain: their mother is a failure because she hasn't produced a son, and they only merit a number as a name. Women, their father tells them, are like chopsticks: utilitarian and easily broken.

But when they leave their home in the countryside to seek their fortune in the big city, their eyes are suddenly and shockingly opened. Together they find jobs, make new friends, and learn more than a few lessons about life...

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407065748
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author


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 has published the acclaimed Sky Burial; the novel Miss Chopsticks; the groundbreaking book of oral history China Witness; a book of her Guardian columns called What the Chinese Don't Eat and Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, about mothers and their lost daughters. She lives in London but travels regularly to China.

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Praise for Miss Chopsticks

Xinran's skill lies in investigating the universal human thoughts and emotions behind the girls' naivety




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


The Times

Xinran weaves the fresh and touching tale of three sisters


Xinran's tale will likely play on the mind for years to come

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