The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

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Knopf, 1976 - Biography & Autobiography - 209 pages
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A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts the circumstances, conditions, and consequences of growing up in frantic America within a steadfastly tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghost

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Masterful storytelling. - Goodreads
But her depiction of Asianness is so damn annoying. - Goodreads
WHAT an incredible writing style. - Goodreads
Heavy, heavy imagery and some powerful themes. - Goodreads
Delicious prose through out. - Goodreads
The story telling in this book is raw and flawless. - Goodreads

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Interesting perspective about the lives of different generations of related Chinese women . Read full review

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It's okay. I like the imaginative/fantasy bits the most. Read full review

Contents

No Name Woman
15
At the Western Palace
111
A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe
161
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About the author (1976)

Born in California to immigrant Chinese parents, Kingston was educated at the University of California at Berkeley. Kingston soared to literary celebrity upon the publication of her autobiographica The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976). The Woman Warrior is dominated by Kingston's mother; her next work, China Men (1980), although not autobiographical in the manner of her previous book, is focused on her father and on the other men in her family, giving fictionalized, poetic versions of their histories. The combination of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and myth in both books create a form of balanced opposites that one critic has likened to yin and yang. Her first novel, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, was published in 1989.

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