Nancy Nianci: A Story of Wars

Nancy Nianci: A Story of Wars

by Bian An
Nancy Nianci: A Story of Wars

Nancy Nianci: A Story of Wars

by Bian An


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Nancy | Nianci is a fast-moving novel of war, complex love, fractured family, rebellion against tradition-and choices that cannot be undone.

China is under ferocious attack by Japan, and for Nianci Zhou, a college student in Peking who has demonstrated against Japan, danger increases by the day. When she falls for a young American, bitter race issues emerge.

Breaking from family, Nianci casts her lot with America. She chooses freedom, or so she thinks.

But then she finds herself trapped, completely cut off from her family by the cataclysmic rupture between China and America in 1949. What does it mean to be an American in this time?

"This deeply moving book is at the intersection of history and biography. The story of the daughter of a distinguished Beijing family is set against the horror of the Japanese invasion of China and the civil war that followed." - Diana Lary, Director, Centre of Chinese Research, University of British Columbia

"An extraordinary read! Dramatically changed my perspective on those years of war in China." - David deWilde, Founder, Chartwell Partners

"Fast-paced and engaging, this takes us back to Japan's invasion of China which led to Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Granddaughter of China's renowned Liang Qichao, Nancy/Nianci gives a raw and fresh perspective on love, freedom, and sacrifice." - Nora Wu, formerly Vice-Chair, PwC International

"I'm delighted that it's now possible for the world to see this story. A narrative derived from the writings of someone who lived through the experience is the most valuable kind of history." - Fenrong Liu, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643886121
Publisher: Luminare Press
Publication date: 03/22/2021
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Bian An (卞 安) is both the given name and pen name of Ann Bennett Spence, who was raised by a Chinese mother and an American father in China, the US, and other countries. Until school age she spoke only Chinese. In adulthood, after Wellesley College, she went on to East Asian studies at Harvard and a Stanford MBA, followed by a long career working on endowment advisory projects in the US and internationally. She's a Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow, and lives in Exeter, NH and Boston, MA.
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