Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Prize; Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and, most recently, Country Driving. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting, and he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011. He lives in Cairo.
"A brilliant observer with a novelist's ear for character and
dialogue, Hessler is both fascinating and
"Hessler has written a fascinating and frequently moving account of life in modern China."--Booklist
"Wonderful. . . . Intimate. . . . The book reads like a really good novel."--Minneapolis Star Tribune