A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Reviews
"Starred Review. A beautifully executed debut collection of 10 stories explores the ravages of the Cultural Revolution on modern Chinese, both in China and America." - Publishers Weekly
"In her superb debut, Chinese American Yiyun Li pairs short stories about life in an increasingly capitalist yet still viciously repressive China with tales about Chinese immigrants and visitors to America." - Booklist
"No matter the theme - be it human redundancy in an overpopulated country or the complex nature of the parent-child relationship - these stories are complex, moving, and surprising. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries." - Library Journal
"Some ungainly plotting, but the author is one to watch." - Kirkus
"Yiyun Li is a true storyteller. Great stories offer us the details of life on the riverbanks: birth, family, dinner, and love, all framing the powerful flow of terror, death, political change, the river itself. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is as grand an epic and as tenderly private as a reader could wish." - Amy Bloom, author of Come to Me
"With great tenderness, tact, and humor, these stories open a world that is culturally remote from us, and at the same time as humanly intimate as if its people were our own family and their thoughts the thoughts that lie nearest our own hearts." - Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead and Housekeeping
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