I have to add her to my list of authors to read. I saw a quote from her on my Google page I liked so I researched her life and work. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for "The Good Earth" and won the Noble Prize in Literature in 1938 "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces."
Despite being recognized in her time, she has been largely ignored by today's cultural gatekeepers. I never heard about her from my High School teachers or College professors. Her parents were Southern Presbyterian missionaries in China. They moved back to the United States in Hillsboro, West Virginia, for her birth. They promptly moved back to China where Pearl was raised bilingual.
Here are some quotes.
"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."
"Order is the shape upon which beauty depends."
"A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love."
"There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness."
Here are some books from Amazon written by her if I've sparked your interest.
Search Amazon.com for Pearl S. Buck