The house where Katherine Wei spent her earliest years was distinguished for its wealth and culture - and her mother's passion for all things American. But soon, the Japanese invasion changed life irrevocably for Katherine, her parents, and three sisters. From cosmopolitan Peking, where Katherine's father was a university professor, they fled to the feudal remoteness of the ancestral home in Hunan and the ancient ways of Katherine's opium-smoking grandfather and his three concubines; then to the misery of war-torn Chungking. When the family sought to recapture its former life in postwar Shanghai, the sternest test lay ahead - the frenzied days of the Communist takeover. In 1949 Katherine Wei left China for America, and she was not to see her family again for 32 years. Her book brings back worlds that have disappeared forever, but, however exotic the settings, it tells a universal story - of a precocious child, a domineering mother, a painful growing up, an ultimate coming to terms with the past. It has all the narrative power of a novel, yet encompasses a uniquely fascinating real-life experience.
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Book Description Henry Holt & Co (P), 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0030056284