Deanna Fei


Author of A THREAD OF SKY: A Novel


A New York Times Editors’ Choice

An Indie Next Notable Book

A CALA 2010 Best Book

“Deanna Fei has her readers in the palm of her hand... This is one of those rare novels that delivers on the promise of its opening pages. No smart woman should leave on vacation without it.”

-Chicago Tribune

A remarkable debut by a gifted young novelist... A wonderful book!” 

-Anita Shreve

Timeless and of the moment... A fluent storyteller, Fei entwines this family narrative with harrowing passages about the Rape of Nanjing and the oppression of early Chinese immigrants to America.”

-New York Times Book Review

A lyrical journey through the heart of contemporary China... The family of women who make the pilgrimage across these pages are as complicated, broad-ranging, and fascinating as the country itself. Deanna Fei is one to watch.”

-Ann Patchett

This powerful, intricately woven first novel is a meditation on grief and recovery, strength and vulnerability, and the urgency to leave one’s mark on the world.”


“Deanna Fei brilliantly captures the richness, confusion, and contradictions of both China and Asian American identity today in her intimate yet epic novel.”

-David Henry Hwang

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