1976 National Book Critics Award for best work of nonfiction
Synopses & Reviews
A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity.
"A remarkable book....[I]t is anti-nostalgic; it burns the fat right out of the mind. As a dream of the 'female avenger' it is dizzying, elemental, a poem turned into a sword." The New York Times
"Intense, fierce and disturbing...a strange, sometimes savagely terrifying and, in the literal sense, wonderful story." Washington Post
"A book of fierce clarity and originality." Newsweek
"Triumphant...astonishingly accomplished." Time
About the Author
Maxine Hong Kingston lives in California with her husband, actor Earll Kingston. She is also the author of China Men and Tripmaster Monkey, which are available in Vintage International.