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Startling Moon Paperback – March 1, 2002

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'All the fears, friendships, insecurities and passions of a coming-of-age tale are here, but this is a unique story told wih a sweetness and restraint that is both beguiling and illuminating' Woman's Journal 'Fascinating and very sympathetically presented' Independent 'Written in English, STARTLING MOON is a vivid story of political turmoil and furtive romance, and is well worth reading by ayone interested in what it's like growing up in modern China' -- Highbury and Islington Express 20011102 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Liu Hong was born in a Manchurian town, and grew up in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. She studied English Literature at University, and worked in Beijing as a translator. Following the events in Tiananmen Square she left China to study in the UK, where she met and married her English husband. She now lives in Wiltshire, with her young daughter.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747265097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747265092
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,843,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is part of the great saga of a generation--the generation that came of age in the spring of 1989, discovered love, fear, and connection to the whole world. Liu captures a series of shifts, partly in the Chinese universe, and partly in her own emerging powers. There's the craving for recently suppressed culture, in which memorizing old Tang poems or reading the Dream of Red Mansions seems adventurous rather than traditional. There's the incredible purity and idealism of girlhood, which at first serves as the weapon of old fashioned innocence. Then it turns to a boldness that scorns security, and a different kind of adult appears.

--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
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