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A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers Paperback – 1 February 2007

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‘Li’s writing is beautifully spare and controlled.’ The Times

'Yiyun's confidence as a storyteller lends her fiction a traditional air, but there's nothing old fashioned about her perspective…When I've sampled other recent Chinese writing, I've had a sense of western publishers being seduced by the novelty of it all, snapping up authors with dramatic histories and slim talents. Yiyun is the real deal…Yiyun has the talent, the vision and the respect for life's insoluble mysteries to be a truly fine writer. Michel Faber, Guardian

'Great narrative skill…demonstrates that the best way to learn about people in a foreign culture is through good fiction.’ Irish Times

'Li has a remarkable talent for telling the story of the whole of China through apparently insignificant lives.' New Statesman

'These mesmerising stories present a glimpse of modern China more nuanced than any reporter could ever hop to gleam.' Daily Mail

‘Li's moving, engrossing stories are particular in their place…but universal in their themes and their relevance.’ The Observer

'If you have ever wondered what life is like in modern China, but can't afford the airfare and lessons in Mandarin, you should read this book. In fact if you haven't given China a second thought, this is a collection of stories worth reading.’ Impac News

About the Author

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China, and came to the United States in 1996. She is the recipient of several prizes for her writing and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Li’s stories have been published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review and elsewhere. She lives in Iowa City, USA, with her husband and their two sons.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial GB (1 February 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0007196636
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0007196630
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.95 x 1.78 x 19.56 cm
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Yiyun Li is the author of seven books, including Where Reasons End, which received the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award; the essay collection Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life; and the novels The Vagrants and Must I Go. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Windham-Campbell Prize, among other honors. A contributing editor to A Public Space, she teaches at Princeton University.

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