book cover of Miss Chopsticks
Added by 1 of our members

Miss Chopsticks

(2007)
A novel by

 
 
Xinran takes her readers to the heart of modern Chinese society in this delightful and absorbing tale of three peasant girls getting to grips with life in the big city.

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. Women, their father tells them, are like chopsticks: utilitarian and easily broken. Men, on the other hand, are the strong rafters that hold up the roof of a house.

Yet when circumstances lead the sisters to seek work in distant Nanjing, the shocking new urban environment opens their eyes. While Three contributes to the success of a small restaurant, Five and Six learn new talents at a health spa and a bookshop/tearoom. And when the money they earn starts arriving back at the village, their father is forced to recognize that daughters are not so dispensable after all.

As the Li sisters discover Nanjing, so do we: its past, its customs and culture, and its future as a place where people can change their lives.

Genre: General Fiction

Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Xinran's Miss Chopsticks

Hardback Editions

July 2007 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Miss Chopsticks
Author(s): Xinran
ISBN: 0-7011-8041-2 / 978-0-7011-8041-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

July 2008 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Miss Chopsticks
Author(s): Xinran
ISBN: 0-09-950153-8 / 978-0-09-950153-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2008 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Miss Chopsticks
Author(s): Xinran
ISBN: 0-09-950154-6 / 978-0-09-950154-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


August 2007 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Miss Chopsticks
Author(s): Xinran Xinran
ISBN: 0-7011-8042-0 / 978-0-7011-8042-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

January 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: Miss Chopsticks
Author(s): Xinran
ISBN: 1-84648-356-5 / 978-1-84648-356-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2008 : UK Audio CD

Title: Miss Chopsticks
Author(s): Xinran
ISBN: 1-84648-374-3 / 978-1-84648-374-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2010 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Miss Chopsticks
Author(s): Xinran
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU