"The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories is full of short-shorts with this biting irony or crisp, cruel social criticism. However, it also shares with the readers moments of calm, tenderness, and even humor. Every story in the book can be categorized as “flash fiction,” a style popular both in China and in the US. This book’s short-shorts are about 1000 words or less. Stories this short offer the reader a juicy mouthful of one emotion, idea, or atmosphere of a time."