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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life (Vintage International)

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In her singular voice — humble, elegiac, practical — Maxine Hong Kingston sets out to reflect on aging as she turns sixty-five.

Kingstons swift, effortlessly flowing verse lines feel instantly natural in this fresh approach to the art of memoir, as she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage ("cant divorce until we get it right. / Love, that is. Get love right") to her arrest at a peace march in Washington, where she and her "sisters" protested the Iraq war in the George W. Bush years. Kingston embraces Thoreau's notion of a "broad margin," hoping to expand her vista: "I'm standing on top of a hill; / I can see every which way — / the long way that I came, and the few / places I have yet to go. Treat / my whole life as if it were a day."

On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, Kingston revisits her most beloved characters: she learns the final fate of her Woman Warrior, and she takes her Tripmaster Monkey, a hip Chinese American, on a journey through China, where he has never been — a trip that becomes a beautiful meditation on the country then and now, on a culture where rice farmers still work in the age-old way, even as a new era is dawning. "All over China," she writes, "and places where Chinese are, populations / are on the move, going home. That home / where Mother and Father are buried. Doors / between heaven and earth open wide."

Such is the spirit of this wonderful book — a sense of doors opening wide onto an American life of great purpose and joy, and the tonic wisdom of a writer we have come to cherish.

Synopsis:

In her singular voice — both humble and brave, touching and humorous — Maxine Hong Kingston gives us a poignant and beautiful memoir-in-verse that captures the wisdom that comes with age. As she reflects on her 65 years, she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage to her arrest at a peace march in Washington. On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, she revisits her most beloved characters — Wittman Ah-Sing, the Tripmaster Monkey, and Fa Mook Lan, the Woman Warrior — and presents us with a beautiful meditation on China then and now. The result is a marvelous account of an American life of great purpose and joy, and the tonic wisdom of a writer we have come to cherish.

About the Author

Maxine Hong Kingston is the author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, and The Fifth Book of Peace, among other works. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle award, the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. For many years a Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at UC Berkeley, she lives in Oakland, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307454591
Author:
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.99 x 5.19 x 0.71 in 0.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In her singular voice — both humble and brave, touching and humorous — Maxine Hong Kingston gives us a poignant and beautiful memoir-in-verse that captures the wisdom that comes with age. As she reflects on her 65 years, she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage to her arrest at a peace march in Washington. On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, she revisits her most beloved characters — Wittman Ah-Sing, the Tripmaster Monkey, and Fa Mook Lan, the Woman Warrior — and presents us with a beautiful meditation on China then and now. The result is a marvelous account of an American life of great purpose and joy, and the tonic wisdom of a writer we have come to cherish.
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