This is a love story between two childhood friends, Lily Zhang and Li Ling, who were thrown together and then torn apart by the evil force of the Cultural Revolution, the most horrifying 10-year terror in the modern history of China. When the Revolution ended, they ran into each other again at university. Even though their love rekindled and intensified, fate continued to tear them apart until Lily was forced to transfer, and Li Ling left for the United States. Twenty years later, Li Ling receives a letter from his former love, one that will certainly turn his life upside down.
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G.X. Chen, author of several books including The Mystery of Revenge, Forget Me Not: A Love Story of the East and The Mystery of Moutai, is a freelance writer who loves reading, traveling and orchids. A graduate of Fudan University and University of New Mexico, she has taught literature at Fudan as well as the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute. She lives in the beautiful city of Boston with her husband, Steve.Review:
An emotionally resonant coming-of-age story set during China's Cultural Revolution.
The sedate pacing allows for a deeper exploration of the effects of the Cultural Revolution on individual lives. Dialogue is generally natural and authentic. The flashback device is necessary for a surprise conclusion that, though only mildly surprising, is nonetheless satisfying. An inconsistent but appealing novel about life and love within the strictures of a repressive regime.
"Forget Me Not: A Love Story of the East" was an amazing book. The horrific details about the revolution were mind-boggling. Chen does a phenomenal job relating the history of the Cultural Revolution and entwining the fear and dismay with a heart- twisting love story. The characters were distinct, in-depth and loveable. I felt their pain even though in some instances I could not see how they even survived, let alone triumphed and even prospered against all odds. The ending was fabulous and bittersweet. You must read this book - I totally loved it!
San Francisco Book Review
The story is, at its heart, a love story, and the relationship between Li Ling and Lily is beautiful, tender, and heartbreaking. Heavily influenced by the events around them, their story is a tiny microcosm of the country, perfectly expressing the suffering caused by the regime as well as the endurance of the heart.
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