Synopses & Reviews
Lee's poetic account begins in the early 1950s when his parents flee China's political turmoil for Indonesia. After anti-Chinese sentiment there lands his father in prison, the family escapes to Hong Kong, where his father rises to prominence as an evangelical preacher. Finally, they emigrate to America, where his father becomes the minister of an all white Presbyterian church in a small Pennsylvania town.
"In this evocative tale, politics plays a lesser role than family history and love in a world that was sad, frightening and hard for a child to understand. For the reader, however, Li-Young's portraits of the times are vividly illuminating." Publishers Weekly
"In this lyrical yet stark rendering of a family of modern China, we see the inner development of the author from his childhood in the 1950s to the present and his adaptation to new world and new perceptions of reality." Library Journal
A personal account by the celebrated Chinese-American poet offers a magical work of memory and myth that recounts a childhood of exile, his father's imprisonment, his discovery of the significance of history, and his search for identity.