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The Same Moon (Journey To The West Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Junying Kirk , John Kirk , Yongqun Guo
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Book Description

Pearl Zhang was born in Sichuan Province in China, and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. She was raised in a typically Chinese manner, went to school, got a job, got married, and her whole life path was mapped out, or so it seemed.

Then she seized the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom - and stayed. How did she adjust to the Western way of life, and what did she have to do to overcome the barriers? Would she find happiness and fulfillment with her English suitor in Scotland, or would her heartache continue? She was in a new world, both foreign and exciting - under the Same Moon.
This book, the first of Junying Kirk's "Journey to the West"Trilogy, will take you on a journey full of surprises and discoveries, from the East to the West, from the Middle Kingdom to the United Kingdom.
"What a book, what a life!" - Mira Kolar-Brown, Author (UK);
"The characters, clearly painted and unique, are so visually present in the readers mind, they will stay with you long after you're done reading." - Marni Mann, Author (USA);
"This is a real gem in the modern literature world and will definitely be one proudly displayed on my bookshelf if it ever becomes a paperback" - A.Tran, Reader (UK);'
"Let this wonderful novel fall into your hands, enter your heart, and enrich your life and after you have finished it, thank Junying for taking you to a truly unforgettable journey through time and space." - Bin Yuan, Reader (China)

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From the Author

As long as I could remember, I have loved reading books, especially fiction. I have read a wide range of wonderful works by great authors from all over the world. I particularly enjoyed the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway and many others. In modern literature, I like a variety of books, particularly stories which explore human relationships, morality, life, and its ups and downs. I also enjoy reading crime thrillers and books that inform and inspire, enchant and touch one's heart and soul.

My first degree was in English Language and Literature, and my love affair with the literature began many years ago in China and never stopped. In 1988, I won a scholarship from the British Council and had a chance to pursue further studies in the UK. My life's path took a dramatic turn and I began a long journey of self-discovery and professional development.
In the last decade or so, I have attended Creative writing courses as well as becoming a member of a writers group for a period of time. This has motivated me to make use of my knowledge and skills, and to create stories, either based on real life, or from our vast imagination.
Over the years I have published research papers, short stories in Chinese magazines, and contributed writing on a number of websites. In 1998, I started writing my first feature-length novel, The Same Moon (Book 1 of Trilogy: Journey to the West), was published on Amazon Kindle in February 2011, followed by Trials of Life in April 2011. The third and final book of the trilogy is a work in progress and will be released in 2012.
After working as an academic and administrator at universities both in China in the UK, I started my own business in 2001, offering consultations on business culture and cultural differences between the East and the West, as well as interpreting and translation between Mandarin Chinese and English. This is a job I love doing and it allows me to research and get to know the characters who live and breathe through my books.
Travelling is my passion and I love interacting with people from different races and cultures. There are so many fascinating customs and people in this wonderful world of ours, and so much to learn each day. Experiencing them first hand is a privilege and sharing the wealth of such experience and knowledge even more gratifying.
I love being a writer! I love the fact that our world is getting smaller and communications easier by modern technology. I feel truly blessed to live in the era when so many advances have been made, and amazing transformations take place everyday. Being able to write and connect with readers is a wonderful gift.
I am delighted to be able to share some of my writings on Kindle. No matter where you are and what you do, I hope you enjoy my stories.

About the Author

Junying Kirk came to Britain from China in 1988, and she has lived in her adopted country for almost as long as she lived in her country of birth. She was born in Southwestern China in the 1960s, and grew up duing the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution, after which she was able to enjoy higher education, first in China, and then in the UK. With a scholarship from the British Council, she studied English Language Teaching at the University of Warwick, followed by further postgraduate degrees from Glasgow and Leeds. She now works as a professional interpreter, and lives in Birmingham with her husband.

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  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481911589
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M5HHY6
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read... December 10, 2011
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From the first moment, the lovely Pearl who shyly hid her smitten entrancement over the captivating Rain, took hold of my conscious thought and swept me away with its exquisite sway.

As I read further, loosing myself within the richly enchantment of words, the notice of classic reads caught my interest. How many times I too could claim to the marvelous reads as to the likes of Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Jane Austin, and so many more. Perhaps it was too early to say but my fondness for this charming read increased.

My time in life is so very different from Pearl. However, her forbidden desire is a moment I to shared briefly in my young life. As the words became more vivid in my mind's eye, I was taken back to a brief past.

"Mother, do you remember when I was really happy? That summer when I was with Pearl, I thought I was in heaven. Do you think I shall see her again, I mean in heaven? I would be happy there. I really miss her. I wonder what she's doing right now..." At this I am crying......

"Another Place Another Time".... Through this beautiful tale, I felt as if I grew right alongside Pearl. This story is so skillfully told that a reader has no choice but to feel as the character does. This is a must read and I would recommend it to all who wish to be taken to that most allusive space within the mind, where true beauty is sure to grow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Same Moon April 29, 2012
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The Same Moon was a delight to read. At times I felt it was a little over reliant on minutiae, but such detail did help make the the life of Pearl Zhang come alive. While reading, I was able to inhabit the body of the protagonist and see the world through her eyes. I was able to enter the mind of a girl growing up in the final years of China under Mao and share the highs and lows she experienced maturing in that environment. It was intriguing to discover that even in a so-called State-dominated society, the loves and hates that develop between those interacting with you predominate in much the same way as they do in a supposedly freer society. Ms. Kirk made it possible for me to experience what life was like in world far removed from my own, but full of 90% of the same daily anxieties, hopes and ambitions that dominated my own experience of growing up. I loved the way Pearl would periodically display ethnocentric notions of psychological qualities she believed to be uniquely Chinese, but which turned out to be similar to some that I believed to be unique to the local community in the U.S. in which I was raised. Pearl may have grown up in China during the seventies and eighties, while I grew up in a rural community in the western U.S. during the fifties and sixties; even so, we experienced 90% or more of the same hopes, dreams, hassles, and setbacks. Regardless the differences in countries, political systems and even gender, I could relate with almost everything in this novel.

The only parts that put a definite gulf between us were the few times that the writer felt it necessary to have Pearl bask in the "elite" aspects of her educational background. I myself have been far from being an "elite" in anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read of Young Woman's Journey! February 8, 2012
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The Same Moon, by JUNYING KIRK, is an eye-opening and emotional read. The main character, Pearl,experiences many changes in her young life in post-revolution China. She keenly observes the aftermath of Communist politics,poverty, and a fragmented family that offers only a glimmer of love. But the reader will see that the hard, cold relationships doesn't change Pearl's positive outlook.
As she matures, her experience provide more changes as she becomes a woman and she confronts the cold reality of a disappointing marriage. Her life takes on more changes as she extends her professional life in Great Britain, working on her PHd in English studies and the circle of friends she finds.
The fast moving story is well-written with direct, blunt descriptions of events that draws the reader in emotionally. The book will leave its mark on everyone who turns the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read book December 13, 2011
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It's a wonderful book, and I have really enjoyed it. Anybody who wants to know more about the Chinese and China should read this book. I am a Chinese. It vividly describes the true picture of China. As the time passes by, I usually get caught in busy routine life. It is so easy to forget what you have gone through and what makes yourself you are today. Junying's book reminds me so much of my own life. Pearl, a native Chinese, like Junying, having migrated to a Western country, has shown us what she went through in both Chinese and Western cultures. Thanks Junying, for what's coming from your heart and soul, and most importantly, you have the talent and strong drive to present the real picture to other people. Share what's inside you. I am so touched. Great job. Keep writing. Congratulations !!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars See the Middle Kingdom from the eyes of Pearl October 24, 2011
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I found The Same Moon by Junying Kirk to be a delightful read. From the beautiful cover to the end of an interesting journey in the life of Pearl Zhang. Pearl was born and lived into her twenties in mainland China during the harsh days of Communism. A period of turmoil and strife.

It was very interesting to learn about how Pearl and others lived, loved and learned in an all but secret time to the Western world. Pearl's childhood was hard but she always put education as a goal to strive for and better herself.

The Same Moon is a great look at her life and the incredible natural beauty of China. Junying Kirk puts you there seeing the wonders of the Middle Kingdom.

Pearl moves to the United Kingdom to continue her education and the adventure continues. Here the western reader gets a look at our world through the eyes of a beautiful Asian woman. It becomes a travelogue of sorts as Pearl visit many places in the UK and Europe. Her excitement spills over to the reader. She also faces the harsh reality of living on her own and making do with very little money due to her efforts to obtain a higher degree.

I found The Same Moon to be a good read and well edited. I did not like the formatting with its website style paragraphs that are space with no indents.

I recommend this book by Junying Kirk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
This is a beautifully-written book by a highly literate author who has a respect for the written word. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ms. Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary and Informed
'The Same Moon' chronicles the early life of Pearl Zhang whose childhood was spent in Sichuan during Mao's Great Leap Forward. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Diogenes
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey
I have read only two books on Chinese culture, the first being an autobiography and this being a novel. This rings true to the autobiography in every way and then some. Read more
Published on April 3, 2013 by Sandra Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Woman's Memories Relived.....
Pearl's memories from China to UK and back and then back again placed me in her pocket with not only a glimpse of the scenery, scents and tastes of the foods, but also I felt her... Read more
Published on March 12, 2013 by Kathleen Boston McCune
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
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I'll start by mentioning the fact that I've worked on this book. Ahhh, you might say; she's biased. Not in the least. Read more
Published on February 16, 2013 by Sandra @ Novel Review Cafe
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
This book is full of chinese history and colour and truly shows an insight into how different the western lifestyle actually is in comparison. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by kenyon15
5.0 out of 5 stars re: endlessly engrossing story of a life
The Same Moon is a novel in memoir form by my friend Junying Kirk. Made from a mix of fascinating details from daily struggle and the intense and poetic feelings of men and women... Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Matthew Posner
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and Moving
As a Canadian born Chinese, I didn't have the history of China as a foundation for reading this book, but growing up Chinese in a very traditional home, even in French-speaking... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Eden
4.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Enjoyable Read
This book is written in a fictional memoir style, making it easier for me to become emotionally attached to the main character, Pearl. Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by SinMacD
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I read this year
Ms. Junying Kirk has such passion for writing and it shows in her writing from "The Same Moon". The storyline and the characters she expressed in the book is reawakening. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by Julie Posner
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More About the Author

Junying Kirk was a spice girl from Sichuan, China. A British Council scholarship led her to study in the UK which has since adopted her. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, professional interpreter and translator, and cultural consultant. Currently working as an International Partnerships Manager in a large British University, she loves reading and writing books. Her Journey to the West trilogy, 'The Same Moon', 'Trials of Life' and 'Land of Hope' have been published on Amazon Kindle, CreateSpace, iBook and Smashwords. She regularly blogs on books, world travels, food and many other interesting life experiences at She lives in Birmingham UK with her English husband.


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