From the author of the international hit Raise the Red Lantern comes a gorgeous reimagining of the myth of the girl whose tears collapsed the Great Wallthe seminal myth in Chinese culture
Su Tong is China
’s most provocative young writer. His three books published in the United States
(Rice, Raise the Red Lantern,
and My Life as Emperor
) have received high praise from critics and fellow writers. Binu and the Great Wall
is spellbinding and shockinga tour de force from an artist called “a writer to watch” by Kirkus Reviews
and “a true literary talent” by Anchee Min.
In Peach village, crying is forbidden. But as a child, Binu never learned to hide her tears. Shunned by the villagers, she faced a bleak future until she met Qiliang, an orphan who offered her his hand in marriage. Then, one day, Qiliang disappears. Binu learns that he has been transported hundreds of miles and forced to labor on a project of terrifying ambition and scalethe building of the Great Wall. Binu is determined to find and save her husband. Inspired by her love, she sets out on an extraordinary journey toward Great Swallow Mountain
with only a blind frog for company. What follows is an unforgettable story of passion, hardship, and magical adventure.