Three Sisters

Three Sisters

Author: Bi Feiyu

Translator: Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-Chun Lin

Original language: Chinese

Published by: Telegram Books, 2010

Three Sisters is a vivid picture of life in rural and urban Communist China in the 1970s and 1980s under Mao Zedong. It is also a deeply humanist portrayal of three sisters as they fight to take control of their lives and a timely exploration of the themes of human rights and the place of women in a deeply patriarchal culture. This breathtaking story captures the all-consuming desire for power in a society obsessed with saving face. Whether it’s in the Wang family village, where life is attuned to the rhythm of work in the fields and the slogans of the Cultural Revolution, or in the Beijing of the 1980s, the sisters are not prepared to be just another wave in the ‘infinite ocean of people’.

'A complex moral tale that also illuminates [China]'s rise from sleeping tiger to global power.'

'A thrilling family epic.'
Xiaolu Guo