“The Artisans is a gorgeous elegy to village life in China, revealing and insightful, at the same time a pure delight for anyone lucky enough to read it.”
— Barbara Demick, author, Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town
"The Artisans is a deeply evocative look at rural life in China. Through Shen Fuyu’s poetic storytelling we’re transported to the slowly disappearing world of a small village, where the ruptures in China’s history intertwine in bittersweet, personal ways. Each person’s story is told with enormous dignity and tenderness, making The Artisans a critical record of rural life, survival and community."
— Xiaowei Wang, author of Blockchain Chicken Farm
"Part ethnography, part memoir, part traditional storytelling, The Artisans is, above all else, a psychological search for roots and a literary attempt to reclaim a rich and nuanced vision of “home” that is quickly disappearing from the landscape of contemporary China. Poignantly written and beautifully translated, this is a book like no other."
— Michael Berry (UCLA), translator of Wuhan Diary and author of A History of Pain