River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

Paperback | April 25, 2006

byPeter Hessler

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A New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the Kiriyama Book Prize

In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society.

Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.

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A New York Times Notable BookWinner of the Kiriyama Book PrizeIn the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp...

Peter Hessler is a staff writer atThe New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer forNational Geographic. He is the author ofRiver Town, which won the Kiriyama Prize;Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and, most recently,Country Driving. He wo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:April 25, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060855029

ISBN - 13:9780060855024

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"Tender, intelligent, and insightful, [this] is the work of a writer of rare talent; it deserves to become a classic." (Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman)