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by Xinran.

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TitleMiss Chopsticks
Author / Responsible partyXinran.
GenreDomestic fiction.
TopicsDomestic fiction. Peasants -- China -- Fiction. China -- Social life and customs 1949- -- Fiction. Women -- China -- Social conditions -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


A tale of three peasant girls getting to grips with life in the big city. The Li sisters donʼt have much education, but their father has drummed into them - their mother is a failure because she hasnʼt managed to produce a son, and they themselves only merit a number as a name. Women, their father tells them, are like chopsticks: utilitarian and easily broken. Men, on the other hand, are like the strong rafters holding up the roof of a house. When circumstances lead the sisters to seek work in distant Nanjing, the shocking new urban environment opens their eyes, and when the money they earn starts arriving back at the village, their father is forced to recognize that his daughters are not so dispensable after all. Translated from the Chinese by Esther Tyldesley.

Additional Information

System control numberS13366
Original Print PublisherLondon : Vintage, 2007.
NarratorRachel Bavidge.
Narrator NameRachel Bavidge.
Participant or performer noteRachel Bavidge.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator