A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar 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… A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar 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… 2012-05-22 Fiction Bloomsbury
Book Review

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar (2012)

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

Details Release Date: May 22, 2012; Writer: Suzanne Joinson; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Bloomsbury

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

Originally posted May 16, 2012 Published in issue #1208 May 25, 2012 Order article reprints