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Lesley DownerThe English writer Sam Meekings's accomplished first novel…is based on the lives of his Chinese wife's grandparents. An unlikely love story set against the events of the last half-century in China, it's a tale of terrible suffering that also manages to be a poetic evocation of the country and its people…while his literary conceits can sometimes be too fantastical…[Meekings's] exuberance and verve win out. He imbues Under Fishbone Clouds with a magical atmosphere that lightens what might otherwise be an unbearably harrowing tale.
—The New York Times