Reviews for The Foremost Good Fortune
This is a beautiful story of womanhood, motherhood, travel and loss, written by an author of rare and radiant grace.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“An American mother recounts her struggle to adjust to a new life in Beijing—and then face another challenge, this one medical.”
“…Her running account of the profound strangeness of both expat existence and contemporary China is fascinating.”
“Luminous… Conley’s writing is at once spare and strong… [She] pulls the reader into her world like a close friend.”
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“a treasure… one that explores the meaning of our lives, the meaning of motherhood, the meaning of partnership.”
— Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls and Sex, Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
You hear about riveting prose, and this is it. The story is nailed down, noisily, in metal. The Foremost Good Fortune is just about as honest a book as you'll ever read.
“…Conley’s ability to describe her challenges honestly, without self-pity, leads you not only to relate to her, but also to admire her.”