About the book:
The Scenery of the Lake and the Mountain 《湖光山色》
The fateful story begins with Nuannuan, the youthful villager called home from the city to care for her mother. As the sublime image of a woman in the eyes of the village men, village chief Zhan Shideng plans to marry Nuannuan to his younger brother, however, her refusal and subsequent elopement with the desperately poor young man Kuang Kaitian brings on the full wrath of the rampant chief. A tragic tale not without warmth, the author provides unique perspectives on rural life in China, at once scratching into the surfaces layers of the monumentalchanges brought by modernity, and then taking us deep into the core structure of a village governed by stiff tradition and the ardours of change.