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Apologies Forthcoming Paperback – May 1, 2008
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A totally illuminating collection of stories centered around China's Cultural Revolution and its aftermath, which, as we learn, continues even today. Xujun Eberlein lived in China during that turmoil and now makes her home in America. This, her first story collection, is both disturbing and enthralling.
About the Author
Xujun Eberlein grew up in Chongqing, China, and moved to the United States in the summer of 1988. After receiving a Ph.D. from MIT in the spring of 1995, and winning an award for her dissertation, she joined a small but ambitious high tech company. On Thanksgiving 2003, she gave up algorithms for writing. She has since won a bunch of literary awards. Her debut story collection Apologies Forthcoming won the 2007 Tartt Fiction Award and was published in June 2008. She is the recipient of a 2008 artist fellowship in fiction/creative nonfiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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Through it all, the author takes us into the lives of rather ordinary citizens to display the deeply ravaging effects of the Cultural Revolution. There is some occasional awkwardness in the wording and some parts did not completely "click" with me, however, Apologies Forthcoming is a sensitive, intelligent expose of the Revolution that will undoubtedly open the eyes of readers and leave their hearts aching. For me, it was a treat to find these thoughtful short stories.
For a good YA story of the Cultural Revolution see Red Scarf Girl (rack): A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
Many of us know a bit about China, but so far, no one has given the clear insight Xujun has into the happenings of the revolution from a young participants point of view and the subsequent loss of fervor and idealism. These are stories of triumph and tears, of coming of age and of being a woman with a brain who questions the why of men and women. She seems to ask if they can learn more from one another's ways.
This is a rare glimpse, and a soft one with an intellectual power that will carry on for some time to come.
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