February Flowers

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Doubleday Canada, Limited, Jul 1, 2008 - 320 pages
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Set in modern China, February Flowers tells the stories of two young women’s journeys to self-discovery and reconciliation with the past.

Seventeen-year-old Ming and twenty-four-year-old Yan have very little in common other than studying in the same college. Ming, idealistic and preoccupied, lives in a world of books, music, and imagination. Yan, by contrast, is sexy, cynical, and wild, with no sense of home. Yet when the two meet, they soon become best friends. Their friendship is brief, almost accidental, but intense, and
it changes Ming’s world forever.

Insightful, sophisticated, and rich with complex characters, February Flowers captures a society torn between tradition and modernity, dogma and freedom. It is a meditation on friendship, family, love, loss and redemption, and how a background shapes a life.


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User Review  - JillMcCaghern - LibraryThing

Tha story teller Ming, met Miao Yan in 1991 at University. Ming is 17 and a serious student but Miao Yan is 24 and worldly. She does not realise the efect she has on Ming. The story gradually unfolds ... Read full review

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User Review  - mich_yms - LibraryThing

Narrated by Chen Ming, February Flowers is a story of her memories as she recalls her brief but meaningful relationship with Miao Yan during her years at university. Ming, a serious 17-year-old ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Fan Wu grew up on a farm in southern China, where her parents were exiled during the Cultural Revolution. She moved to the United States in 1997 for graduate studies at Stanford University, and started writing in 2002. February Flowers is her first novel and has been translated into six languages. Her short stories have appeared in Granta and the Missouri Review. She writes in both English and Chinese, and she is currently working on a second novel and a short story collection. She divides her time between northern California and China.


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