Beautiful As Yesterday

Fan Wu

‘A delicate and brilliant novel on the arguments, triumphs, loves and differences of a Chinese family in America’ Xinran, author of Good Women of China

Mary and Ingrid are sisters, born and brought up in China, now living in the U.S. Mary is the older of the two; seemingly a devoted wife, mother, churchgoer, and with a well-paid job. But she is tormented by adultery, her grudge toward her parents, and her despair at work. Her estranged sister Ingrid, meanwhile, has never settled to anything, and is haunted by her college boyfriend’s tragic death. When their widowed mother travels to the U.S. for the first time, they can’t avoid a family get-together. Amid all it stirs up, it becomes clear that the uneasy relationship between the sisters has its roots deeper than either has ever acknowledged – and extends to their parents and their homeland.

Beautiful as Yesterday is a penetrating exploration of belonging; of family and friendship, love and loss.

‘Fan Wu is an exciting storyteller with an original take on the disarray of family history and American culture, and, ultimately, how we manage to define ourselves’ Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033050486701
Published: 30/03/2011

Fan Wu

Fan Wu

Fan Wu grew up on a state-run farm in southern China, where her parents were exiled during the Cultural Revolution. She moved to the United States in 1997 and began to write five years later. Her debut novel, February Flowers, has been translated into eight languages, and her short fiction has been anthologized and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Wu holds an MA from Stanford University and currently lives in California.

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