by Hong Ying - £8.99 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781408803134 | ISBN 10: 1408803135
A vivid memoir of a young girl growing up in Mao's China.
Born during the Great Famine of the early 1960s, Hong Ying grew up in a slum on the hilly Yangtze bank, constantly aware of the sacrifices her family made so that she would survive. Nearing her eighteenth birthday, she became determined to unravel some of the enigmas that had troubled her all her life: a stalker who had shadowed her since childhood, an anomalous record in her father’s government file, and an unshakable feeling that she was an outsider in her own family.
With fearless honesty Daughter of the River follows China’s trajectory through one woman’s life, from the Great Famine through to the Cultural Revolution, and beyond to the horrifying events in Tian’anmen Square.
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