Readers' Review: Dai Sijie's "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"
Diane and her guests talk about the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening as explored in Dai Sijie's story. Set in China during the Cultural Revolution, Sijie's tale follows two city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education, where they meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation.
author, most recently of "Confessions of a Bigamist."
Book Critic for "USA Today"
professor of China studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies