Three Sisters

Three Sisters : A Novel

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In a small village in China, the Wang family has produced seven sisters in its quest to have a boy; three of the sisters emerge as the lead characters in this remarkable novel. From the small-town treachery of the village to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution to the harried pace of city life, Bi Feiyu follows the women as they strive to change the course of their destinies and battle against an `infinite ocean of people` in a China that does not truly belong to them. Yumi will use her dignity, Yuxiu her powers of seduction, and Yuyang her ambition--all in an effort to take control of their world, their bodies, and their lives.
Like Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha, and J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun, Three Sisters transports us to and immerses us in a culture we think we know but will understand much more fully by the time we reach the end. Bi's Moon Opera was praised by the `Los Angeles Times,` the `Minneapolis Star Tribune,` and other publications. In one review Lisa See said: `I hope this is the first of many of Bi's works to come to us.` `Three Sisters` fulfills that wish, with its irreplaceable portrait of contemporary Chinese life and indelible story of three tragic and sometimes triumphant heroines.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 164 x 235 x 24mm | 476g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0151013640
  • 9780151013647
  • 952,049

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§Praise for MOON OPERA:§ "This exotic novella is much more than the morality tale it first appears to be." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune "This novel plunges the reader into the world of Chinese opera." --Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times "[Bi Feiyu] create[s] vivid images as well as a deep, complex lead character."--Lisa Mclendon, The Wichita Eagle "What a gem of a novel! Bi Feiyu gives us a glimpse not only into the Chinese opera world but deep into a woman's heart. I hope this is the first of many of Bi's works to come to us in translation." -- Lisa See, author of Peony in Love "The novel offers evocative glimpses not only of Chinese opera, but also of a Communist country opening itself to capitalism and a new era of expressive freedom. [E]legantly theatrical and emotionally resonant -- just like a good opera." -- Kirkus Reviews §"This slender novel . . . resonates with a clear, crystalline bell tone. The Chinese author, in his first novel, brings his admirably, even stunningly, precise and effortlessly metaphoric style to bear. . . . At once a sad and lovely story."-- Booklist§§"[A] vividly sketched tale of art and money.... The novel's slimness, simple storytelling and overarching morality lend it a fable-like air." -- Publishers Weekly§ "Bi Feiyu is a young Chinese writer with a rising star. I thoroughly enjoyed his book. If you love Chinese culture, you will want to read The Moon Opera ."
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`San Francisco Chronicle,` Top Shelf, Recommended Reading
PRI's `The World` Book Recommendations from Afar
MAN ASIA PRIZE WINNER `A moving exploration of Chinese family and village life during the Cultural Revolution, that moves seamlessly between the epic and the intimate, the heroic and the petty, illuminating not only individual lives but an entire society, within a gripping tale of familial conflict and love.` - Man Asia Literary Prize`Engaging . . .` [Three Sisters]` documents in palpably human terms the low value accorded the lives of women in China and the deep divide in that country between rural and urban areas. . . . This is a China that few Westerners know. Bi Feiyu makes it real and believable in this charming, surprising novel.` --`Washington Post Book World``Charming . . . An eye-opening read for anyone curious about the Cultural Revolution, the mores of the families struggling to survive in China's small villages, and the lives of the seemingly sexless women who labored so stoically in their Mao jackets.` --Worlds Book Review, PRI's `The World` `Yumi's story in particular imparts the flavor of a time and place alien to us, the waning years of the Cultural Revolution in a crude farming village.` --`Boston Globe
`Bi's compelling and unsentimental book...draws a meticulous picture of a transitioning village in '70s China, and in so doing, Bi has created memorable characters. . . . Despite the cruelty and suffering, there is hope in Bi's book, which lies mainly in the three young women's defiance of life's privations and their determination to find a new future for themselves against all odds. In this sense, they transcend their depressing conditions and, ultimately, inspire the reader.` --`San Francisco Chronicle
`A stunning portrayal of women's lives in China.` --`Socialist Review
`Bi Feiyu, one of China's most distinguished writers, tells the captivating story of three sisters and the challenges they fa
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451 ratings
2.91 out of 5 stars
5 9% (40)
4 16% (74)
3 39% (177)
2 28% (127)
1 7% (33)
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