by Anchee Min


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This novel, described by the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review as "nothing short of miraculous," is the story of Zebra Wong, a Chinese girl whose pragmatic mind conflicts with her passionate heart; Lion Head, her classmate, whose penchant for romantic intrigue belies his political ambitions, and Katherine, the seductive American with the red lipstick and the wild laugh who teaches them English and other foreign concepts: individualism, sensuality, the Beatles. In Katherine's classroom, repression and rebellion meet head-on-and the consequences are both tragic and liberating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425180235
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,212,168
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen, she was sent to a labor collective, where talent scouts discovered her and recruited her to work as an actress. She came to the U.S. in 1984 with the help of the actress Joan Chen. A painter, photographer, and musician, she lives in Los Angeles and Shanghai with her husband and daughter.

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Searing, uncompromising prose. -Harper's Bazaar

Joltingly honest...and arresting tale of tyranny, deprivation, culture shock, eroticism, spirituality awakening and courage. -Booklist

Superb writing...Katherine explores the complex hungers of human soul caught up in the whirlwind of epic-making events. -San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

The story changes forward with its own energy. But with Min, there is a second reward-her eloquent, passionate writing. -Detroit Free Press

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Katherine 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
autumnesf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to this one on tape must admit that I found Red Azalea better. This book is about an American teaching English in Shanghai in the early eighties and her interaction with her students. The main characters include Zebra, who becomes Katherine's friend and has her own tragic Cultural Revolution history and another male student named Lion Head. There is a love triangle or two, Katherine and her students breaking the rules and even Katherine's attempt at adopting a Chinese orphan (not realistic for todays time frame but that was before International adoption was as we know it). Worth a library check-out. If you listen to this one on CD/tape, there are parts that are not for kids.