Synopses & Reviews
Iris Changs mysterious suicide in 2004, at age thirty-six, didnt seem to make any sense. She had so much to live for, including fame, fortune, beauty, and a husband and child. Some even wondered if the controversial author of The Rape of Nanking
had been murdered. Longtime friend Paula Kamen was among those left wondering what had gone so wrong.
Seeking to reconcile the suicide with the image of Changs perfect” life, Kamen searched her memory and scoured Changs letters and diaries to fill in the gaps of Changs personal transformationfrom ex-shy person” to world-class speaker and international rights pioneerand her later decline into mental illness. The result is a riveting narrative that is part detective story, part psychological drama, part homage to a friend” (Helen Zia).
The mysterious suicide of Iris Chang, author of "Rape of Nanking," left many wondering what had gone so wrong. Seeking to reconcile the suicide with the image of Changs perfect life, Kamen scoured Changs letters, diaries, and archival material to trace the authors personal transformation and her decline into mental illness and paranoia.
About the Author
Paula Kamen is the author of All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache. She lives in Chicago.