Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm by Yu Xiuhua

“Reading is a powerful activity: it calms one’s heart. When the mind is quiet, one can experience real joy.” Starting with the viral poem Crossing Half of China to Fuck You, Yu Xiuhua’s raw collection chronicles her life as a disabled, divorced, single mother in rural China. In defiance of the stigma attached to her…

Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge

“The same clouded blood flows through our veins. All we have are stories.” In the fictional Chinese town of Yong-an, humans live alongside spirits and monsters, some of which are almost indistinguishable from people. Told in the form of a bestiary, each chapter introduces the reader to a new creature ranging from Sacrificial Beasts to…

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

“She was a goddess. She was a monster. She‘d nearly destroyed this country. And then she‘d given it one last, gasping chance to live.” After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead….

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

“I was carried away, swept along by the mighty stream of words pouring from the hundreds of pages. To me it was the ultimate book: once you had read it, neither your own life nor the world you lived in would ever look the same.” A story about the love of reading and the wonder…