"Fan Wu is an exciting storyteller with an original take on the disarray of family history and American culture, and, ultimately, how we manage to define ourselves. BEAUTIFUL AS YESTERDAY is a story with intelligence, insight, and heart."
- Amy Tan, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club
"A book for the new millennium. Told half way between here and there, BEAUTIFUL AS YESTERDAY holds a mirror to America as much as it tells us about contemporary China...Fan Wu tells tales of modern Chinese women without mythologizing or romanticizing their lives. Her stories are foreign and familiar all at once, her writing beautiful and spirited..."
- Sandra Cisneros, bestselling author of House on Mango Street
"Full of mystery and misunderstanding...perfectly poignant."
- The Independent (UK)
"Characters, plot, and Chinoiserie combine in a debut novel (FEBRUARY FLOWERS) that shines…animated by unforgettable characters, and infused with emotional honesty, Fan Wu's first novel is moving, sexy, and impossible to put down. Her style is deceptively simple, her prose confident, clear and precise…a brilliant debut."
- The Bulletin (Australia)
A fresh, original work that strikes a fine balance between intimacy and restraint, and shatters several stereotypes along the way.
- The Asian Review of Books
"Not a comfortable read, but nevertheless full of vitality, and an insight into a world very different from ours."
- The Oxford Times
“This novel (BEAUTIFUL AS YESTERDAY) explores the consequences of trapping one family between two nations. Placidly paced, and eschewing claims to grandeur, the story traces familial and cultural values as they transfer between generations and geography.”
- San Francisco Chronicle