In the small southern town of Zhenjiang, at the turn of the 20th century, two young girls from very different worlds become inseparable companions. Willow is hardened by poverty and fearful for her future; Pearl is the blonde daughter of a Christian missionary, and wishes that she too were Chinese. Neither could have foreseen Pearl's transformation into Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck. Here the author of Red Azalea and The Last Empress imagines the life of this little American girl in her adopted homeland, and gives us remarkable insights into both the violent schisms in China as it entered the modern world and the deep love Pearl Buck felt for the Chinese people.
"Full of sudden folkloric reversals, hair's breadth escapes and magical last-minute reprieves ... Min's book goes further transforming the real Buck into a Chinese heroine, brave, beautiful, faithful and true."—Sunday Times (London)