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A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar review - Suzanne Joinson

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WORLD TRAVELER The cities of London and China collide in Joinson's affecting debut

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Suzanne Joinson
publisher:
Bloomsbury
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Having traveled in Asia and the Middle East while working for the British Council, Joinson knows what it’s like to be a stranger far from home. And she’s captured that feeling, often poetically, in her debut, which cuts between two timelines. The first begins in 1923, as Evangeline, an English missionary, goes to China to convert Muslims. The second follows Frieda, a modern-day Londoner who befriends a Muslim drifter. These stories in A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar don’t intersect as meaningfully as you’d hope, but the message is still affecting: Once you’re caught between two cultures, you can’t go home again. B