The author of this first novel herself spent considerable time in China, and she conveys with poignant élan the trance of unrequited love for the exotic.
– The New Yorker


A gripping story … an engrossing narrative of adventure and desire.
– San Francisco Chronicle


Luminous … thought-provoking … undeniably entertaining.
– The New York Times Book Review


Alice Mannegan is a terrific character – edgy, shrewd, and deeply wounded… A satisfying romp through alien landscapes: China, the past, human love.
– The Washington Post Book World


A gripping yarn with an exotic backdrop. It’s also a luscious love story, a political thriller, and a close up of a China that is changing almost day by day.
– Associated Press