Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu

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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.


About Bi Feiyu

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BI FEIYU is one of the most respected authors and screenwriters in China today. He was born in 1964 in Xinghua, in the province of Jiangsu, China. He started to write early on, and worked as a journalist for a newspaper in Nanjing. He also began writing poetry, and then novels, several of which have been awarded literary prizes, including the Xu Lun prize 1995-6. He co-wrote the film Shanghai Triad, which was directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou. In his writing, Feiyu often describes the confrontation between the individual and history - both personal and collective.
Published July 15, 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 293 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As they grow up in a rural community, Yumi, Yuxiu and Yuyang must negotiate both tradition and Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

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When a girl learns to care for a baby and take charge of a household, she can wake up that first morning after her wedding day fully prepared to be a competent wife and a good daughter-in-law, someone who need not be in constant fear of what her mother-in-law thinks.” Three Sisters by Bi Feiy...

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Set in China, Three Sisters is mainly concerned with power relationships and the struggle of three sisters to have control over their own lives after their father's very public fall from grace.

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