Mountain Girl, River Girl: A Novel
Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2008.
[This is] the story of Pan-pan and Shui-lian, two teenage girls born miles apart in rural China. Driven by dreams of adventure and of an escape from poverty and isolation, each girl makes the difficult decision to leave home for a better life. Pan-pan, quiet and determined, leaves the mountain village and heads for Beijing, while Shui-lian, the fiery and rebellious “river girl,” sets her sights on Shanghai.
Beset by unimagined challenges and perils, their dreams unravelling, they happen upon each other and form a deep friendship …