White Michelia, a collection of five stories by celebrated velist Pan Xiangli, gives a rich look into the lives of cosmopolitan women living in modern China. Pan's heroines exhibit strength of character, sense of humor, and integrity while retaining their grace, beauty, and feminine style. In love, they need fairy tales. These women let go of traditional ideals while holding true to their individual desires and expectations. They dare to pursue love on their own terms, all the while maneuvering the changing landscape of work, lifestyle, and the city. Pan Xiangli writes with a keen eye towards the lifestyle, mindset, and cultural values of the modern Chinese woman. Her characters assert their womanly beauty as defined by confidence, willingness to face challenges, and the self-assuredness to pursue happiness-all while being stylish and charming. Her colorful portraits will doubt leave a lasting impression on the reader.
Pan Xiangli, author, Doctor of Literature. Born in 1966 in Fujian, Pan finished elementary school there then moved to Shanghai, where she has lived ever since. Her works include the novel Paniculata, the short stories collections Walk Without a Dream and Cup For a Decade, a collection of essays called The Age of Innocence, and many more. Pan also studied classical Chinese poetry and tea culture, and has written topical essay collections A Closer Look at Poems and The Dao of Tea. In 2002̫2007, her novels have been on the Society of Chinese Fiction's Best of Chinese Fiction List five times. She has also received major national awards, including the prestigious Lu Xun National Award for Literature. Her works have been translated into many foreign languages.