“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

永遠有多遠 (lit. How Long is Forever)

Novella by Tie Ning.


How Long is Forever

Translated by Qiu Maoru and Wu Yanting

She is an ordinary hutong girl who loves others as she loves herself. In her relationships with those around her, whether they are her family, friends, lovers or only nodding acquaintances, either through extreme kindness or blissful naivety, she is always the one who makes the compromise. Is there a limit to her tolerance? How long is she going to give in to others? As long as no is not a word in her dictionary, perhaps, the answer is forever ...

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Two Novellas: How Long is Forever Tie Ning multiple