Repeat After Me: A Novel
A young New Yorker teaches English to a Chinese dissident in this “heartbreaking and uplifting” novel of love, loss, and language (Publishers Weekly).
Aysha is a twenty-two-year-old plagued by guilt and anxiety ever since her parents’ divorce. But after suffering severe symptoms, she’s now focused on recovering and on teaching her English as a Second Language students. Then a young man named Da Ge joins her ESL class. A dissident with a painful past, he has fled China after the Tianenmen Square massacre, and Aysha finds herself falling irresistibly in love, in spite of the language barrier—and often, the emotional barrier—between them. When he asks her to marry him for the sake of a visa, she cannot say no. It is a relationship that will bring both great joy and great sorrow—and will take Aysha to places she never imagined.
A winner of the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, this is an insightful and emotional novel by the author of Big Girl Small and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing.
“Her writing gleams with beautifully realized descriptions of people, places, and encounters.” —Time Out
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REPEAT AFTER MEUser Review - Kirkus
Mutual fragility marks a cross-cultural love story that turns tragic in this debut novel from memoirist DeWoskin (Foreign Babes in Beijing, 2005).The author takes her time exposing the truth about her ... Read full review
Repeat After Me: A NovelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Protagonist Aysha tells her story, flashing back to the events that led her to China. She had been teaching ESL classes in New York City when a Chinese student asked her to marry him so that he could ... Read full review