contains three novellas originally written in Chinese by the Qinghai author
Jing Shi. The novellas provide a finely textured portrayal of Qinghai rural
life in the twentieth century. An introduction and transcribed interview
provide context to the stories and their author. From the introduction by Keith
Dede: "The wide appeal of Jing Shi's fiction is certainly something he
welcomes. As he sees it, literature, at one level, should be entertaining.
Stories are a way for people to derive pleasure, enjoy a laugh, and while away
some time. But stories are also about communication, about communicating ideas
concerning the ironies of life and the trajectory of the human condition. Jing
Shi thinks deeply about the people of rural Qinghai, their culture, their
predicaments, their hopes, and their tragedies, and his stories communicate his
thoughts about these things, but also his deep affection for the people and
culture that raised him."