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...
Praise for Miss Chopsticks
Xinran's skill lies in investigating the universal human thoughts and emotions behind the girls' naivetyObserver
Respect for honour and tradition, wicked humour and a vital social message combine in an appealing yet sometimes shocking readGuardian
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 lifeDaily Mail
This mood of hope, as both inspiring and ultimately attainable, is what makes Miss Chopsticks such an uplifting readFinancial Times
Xinran weaves the fresh and touching tale of three sistersHerald
Xinran's tale will likely play on the mind for years to comeBig Issue