Hong Ying, the author of the novel Summer of Betrayal and the memoir Daughter of the River, was born into a sailor’s family in 1962 in the city of Chongqing, China. In 1989 she entered the Lu Xun Writers’ Academy in Beijing. She left China to study in London in 1991. She is also the author of seven collections of stories and novellas, four poetry collections, and two other novels. Summer of Betrayal, first published in Taiwan in 1992, has since been translated into ten languages.