Village of Stone brilliantly evokes the harshness of life on the typhoon-battered coast of China, where fishermen are often lost to violent seas and children regularly swept away. It is the beautiful, haunting story of one little girl's struggle to endure silence, solitude and the shame of sexual abuse, but it is also an incisive portrait of China's new urban youth, who have hidden behind their modern lifestyle all the poverty and cruelty of their past.
Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. Her books include
Village of Stone which was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize,
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction,
20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and
I Am China which was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including
She, A Chinese and a documentary about London,
Late at Night. She lives in London.