With an introduction by Xiaolu Guo. A classic memoir set during the Chinese revolution of the 1940s and inspired by folklore, providing a unique insight into the life of an immigrant in America.
Maxine Hong Kingston is a Chinese-American writer of fiction and non-fiction. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
This is a delightful book . . . tells more than I ever imagined
about the strangeness of being Chinese and a woman; it also gives a
superb account of what it's like simply to be alive -- Victoria
Radin * New Society *
A strange, enchanting book . . . As a manual of self-discovery through the channels and terrors of one's own rejected communal memory, it is unbeatable * Guardian *
As a dream - of the "female avenger" - it is dizzying, elemental, a poem turned into a sword . . . reimagining the past with such dark beauty, such precision and anger that you feel you have saddled the Tao dragon and see all through the fiery eye of God -- John Leonard * New York Times *
A book of fierce clarity and originality * Newsweek *
It [has] crossed cultural boundaries and fused literary genres in startlingly original ways * Guardian *