“Gene Ayres does all of us a favor by parting the silk curtain so that we can take an eye-opening look at the vibrant New China…It’s a highly readable narrative animated with humanity of all strips and a story enlivened by the author’s own journey as a stranger in a strange land.”
–Perry Mallory, China Tour Guide
"Gene Ayres has written a heartfelt, perceptive, and deeply textured book about his personal discovery of the many beautiful, confusing, frustrating, rich, and downright human things that make up Modern China. Read this book to get a realistic slice of life seen through the open eyes of a visitor who has no preconceptions, no ax to grind, and no point to prove -- other than to deepen his (and by proxy, the readers') understanding of the complexity, contradictions, and many levels of experience that make up this vast and fast changing country -- a country that Americans will need to understand better in the next decade if we're to manage the relationship well."
–Steven Weber, Institute of International Studies at the University of California
“Ayres exhibits mastery of the setting, a firm handle on characterizations, and a good sense of dramatic timing.”
–The Library Journal