Synopsis (plus some review written by worldwide audiences & literary critics)
In 1940's, during the Second World War, they met each other on the bending shore of the magic, eternal river Yangtze. She fell in love with the much younger stranger. However, he couldn’t love her back, and she couldn’t love him if she would have known why he had hunted her down all over China to tell her a dark secret…
A shamelessly original work of art that you can read legally outside China. ￭ New Beijing Voice
BUTTERFLY is a haunting love story a la Romeo and Juliet of the Orient. A love that cannot be but a love that will grow old during the most devastating war in history.
The book is not just a love story with darker shades but also is a treatise on the futility and brutality of wars between nations and a critique on the idea of nation state. Historically insightful with political undertones, the novel has fully fleshed out multi-layered and credible characters. Written beautifully and structured intelligently, you get hooked to the story right from the first page. The denouement is also equally fascinating. ￭ Abdullah Khan
A tour de force. ￭ Leanne Delehanty, author and visual artist.
Butterfly is a book that reminds you of the joy of discovering a treasure, and wondering why there aren't a few hundred-thousand more who have already found it before you. ￭ Unlikely stories.
History is written only once, so is Butterfly by Julie O'Yang. ￭ Young Chronicle
A book that has all the essential ingredients that makes a bestseller. There never seems to be a damp moment with the right choice of words. ￭ Creative Ecstasy
The author's use of dialogue is a key strength …[A] read with the mind and the heart. ￭ Liam Lyles
...this is nothing like I’ve read before. The writing style is "different”, somewhat a la Haruki Murakami. ￭ The Vault of Books
...[I]n her tale, surrounded by inhumanity that is war, Julie O’Yang opens the dossier of the most human of all notions: love. By asking the difficult question of ‘amidst all of this madness, what is love?’ Never letting us forget Ian Curtis’ warning that “love will tear us apart.” ￭ Singapore Review of Books
A haunting love story a la Romeo and Juliet of the Orient. A love that cannot be but a love that will grow old during the most devastating war in history. | Keywords: Crime/Thriller; China; World War II