A Storytelling World magazine award winner
In turns funny, poignant, and wise, these nine lively stories are peopled with an array of unusual characters, including a young woman raised as a boy who is then faced with the complicated business of marriage; a carp-fish spirit who changes herself into a young woman for love's sake; a Miracle Doctor who can cure all illnesses except one; and a shopkeeper who learns the hard way the true meaning of justice.
""Reading The Ch'i-lin Purse is like holding a wondrous jewel in the palm of your hand."" --Jay O'Callahan, storyteller
""Filled with warmth, kindness, and the true human spirit. Everyone will be touched by the characters of these stories."" --Voice of Youth Advocates
""A professional storyteller, Fang uses the tales she heard, read, and loved as a child in Shanghai. Now she has written down nine of those stories whose origins are legends, novels, and operas hundreds of years old. Dramatic, humorous, and touching by turns, the stories often concern difficulties overcome by characters who are kind or clever, or both...A fine, flavorful collection."" --Starred, Booklist