A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar

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Cengage Gale, 2012 - Fiction - 479 pages
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It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva's motives are not quite as noble, but with her green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write "A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar," she is ready for adventure.

In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front door. She gives him a blanket and a pillow, and in the morning finds the bedding neatly folded and an exquisite drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some delicate Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together."

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar "explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home. "A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar "marks the debut of a wonderfully talented new writer.

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User Review  - librisissimo - LibraryThing

Substance: What should be an interesting view of the central Asian world of the early 1920s was marred for me by a cast I did not care for and a tawdry exposition. Style: Chapters alternate between the 1920s cast and the contemporary descendants of some. The writing is okay but not outstanding. Read full review

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User Review  - greatbookescapes - LibraryThing

This story was very involved and I struggled to get through it. My mind kept going back to the Kashmir Shawl which was also along similar lines with missionaries then, and relatives now. I think the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Suzanne Joinson works in the literature department of the British Council, specializing in the Middle East, North Africa, and China, and she is the Arts Council-funded writer-in-residence at Shoreham Airport in the UK. Her personal blog can be found online at http: //delicatelittlebirds.wordpress.com, and she tweets at @suzyjoinson. Visit her Web site at www.suzannejoinson.com.

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