"Insightfully manages to situate the chosen texts in relation to the larger contexts of ideological and socioeconomic changes."
-Xueping Zhong, Tufts University
"For those who do not study contemporary China or for those who need English translations or subtitles to gain access to these stories and films, this book is a gold mine....[B]ecause Xiao so frequently engages European social theory and film criticism, the book addresses the urgent need to integrate Chinese experiences and analyses into intellectual discourse that focuses primarily on the literature and films of the Americas and Europe."
"Hui Faye Xiao makes a significant contribution to recent scholarship on the cultural representation of marital strife in contemporary China....Combining insightful aesthetic understanding of literature and visual culture with a savvy engagement of knowledge from sociology and cultural anthropology, Xiao's book presents important scholarship on the gendered reading of postsocialist Chinese modernity with a genealogical approach."
-Yipeng Shen, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
"Through the lense of divorce narratives in literature and visual culture, the book produces an in-depth cultural study of the 'family revolution' in the People's Republic of China between 1980 and 2010....ĘDivorce culture, as [Xiao's] skillful reading shows, reveals postsocialist subjects' eager desire to move forward to a utopic future, but it always fails to deliver in reality.... Family Revolution is a well-researched book with a coherent structure, theoretically informed arguments, and intriguing close reading, making it a wonderful addition to the scholarship on postsocialist Chinese culture and/or Chinese women's and gender studies."
-Ping Zhu, H-Asia (H-Net)