About this book
From the author of "The Good Women Of China" comes the uplifting story of 3 sisters who, like so many migrant workers in today's China, leave their peasant community to seek their fortune in the big city, Nanjing. Xinran skilfully tells not only the human story, but also weaves in the story of the city, its past, customs and culture, and potential future.
The Li sisters don't have much education, but one thing has been drummed into them: their mother is a failure because she hasn't managed to produce a son, and they themselves only merit a number as a name. Yet when circumstances lead the sisters to seek work in distant Nanjing, the shocking new urban environment opens their eyes.