Philip Gourevitch calls OTHER RIVERS by Peter Hessler “fascinating and engrossing”

Philip Gourevitch, longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, former editor of The Paris Review, and author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, A Cold Case, Standard Operating Procedure/The Ballad of Abu Ghraib (with Errol Morris), and the forthcoming You Hide that You Hate Me and I Hid that I Know, writes:

Fascinating and engrossing. Other Rivers is an extraordinary work of foreign correspondence and memoir, drawn from a quarter century of direct and intimate observation. With deep sympathy, humor and seriousness, Hessler portrays several generations of Chinese lives in the throes of staggering social, political and economic transformations — and how their experience responds to and reflects on our own.

Other Rivers: A Chinese Education by Peter Hessler will be published in the English language by Penguin Press in North America in July 2024 and by Atlantic Books in the UK and ANZ, with translation editions forthcoming as well.

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as Beijing correspondent from 2000-2007 and Cairo correspondent from 2011-2016. He is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, which won the Kiriyama Book Prize, Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present, which was New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory, Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West, and The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting, and he was named a MacArthur fellow in 2011.