Xīnrán is an author I discovered mostly by accident back in 2009. I was trying to read one author for each letter of the alphabet. It isn't easy to find an author to fill in the 'X' with and so I went looking.
I found Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xīnrán. It was non-fiction and I just wasn't sure what to expect. It was a wonderful! I loved it so much that I later read The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices, another non-fiction, which was also quite good. They were both eye-opening looks into cultures I knew very little about. I highly recommend them!