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Compared to A Concise Chinese - English Dictionary for Lovers, which was great, Twenty Fragments... reads like a first novel. (Which I found out later it was. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
An engaging novel about a young woman's life in the brash, anything goes culture of the "new China. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Philip Graham
A MUST READ for any person in love or very curious about China.
Xiaolu writes about Beijing in a way that makes you feel it within your skin. Read more
This author is now my favorite. I can't explain why. I think it's because her writing is so SIMPLE and yet so PROFOUND! How does she do it. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by LateNightShopaholic
...a book can be as simple as this: fragments of a life of a coming of age female, searching for her place, with all the distress, lack of planning and patience: just the way it is... Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Victoria
A good, quick read with brief, almost machine-gun style "fragments" that chronicle a young woman's migration from the potato fields of rural China to the sharp, bleak big city of... Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Twenty-one-year-old Fenfang Wang is a little lost. She might know the general direction of where she's headed, Beijing, but after that, nothing is certain. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Rachael Stein
Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth is just that. Definately a enjoyable read.
This is a quick read. This book relays the story of FenFang, a young woman in Beijing. Read more
Fenfang Wang is one of China's millions of "liudong renkou," the "floating population" of migrant peasants leaving their birthplaces for the big cities. Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by Steve Koss