Traveling to China during the Cultural Revolution to become an English teacher, the free-spirited, Beatles' music-loving Katherine awakens in her students a desire for Western lifestyles and becomes caught in a doomed love triangle. A first novel. By the author of Red Azalea.
About the Author
Anchee Min is a painter, photographer, musician and author who lives in San Francisco and Shanghai. She is the author of Red Azalea, a memoir of her early life in China and how she eventually came to America.
What People are Saying About This
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.