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Firewifeby Tinling Choong
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An original, courageous novel, FireWife draws on the powerful Chinese myth of fire and water to explore how women's sexuality and fate are intertwined.
Nin, a photographer, embarks on a five-month journey to photograph women around the world. Her travel turns into a search for the truth about women: the women of fire and the women of water. Each of her subjects' lives echoes a stage in Nin's discovery of her true “fire self.” FireWife illuminates the gap between merely knowing and actually living one's true self. Poetic and intensely moving, FireWife is an exploration of contemporary Asian women unknowingly connected over time.
Leaving the corporate world to photograph women throughout the world, Nin, a fledgling photographer, comes face to face with an ancient Chinese creation myth about the battle between fire and water as she embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about women and meets a series of women marginalized by their sexuality. A first novel. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
TINLING CHOONG was born and raised in Malaysia. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, and is working toward her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. FIREWIFE is her publishing debut. She is at work on a novel.
Table of Contents
Death: Lakshmi: fire — Nin: vessel — In between lives: Purple rice and egg flower soup: egg — Nin: the secrets of my window eyes — I am bangkok ut, no. 21: innocent — Nin: the lucky/luckless earlobes? — Rhapsody of a sushi table: stable — Nin: the locksmith of my nose — Wing joyce is winged: mirror — Nin: peeling calyx of soul — Maria and breast: mother — Nin: the knowing palm — Milk rivers: water — Nin: fire mouth — Life: Nin: vessel — Lakshmi: fire.
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