High IQ Organization Smart Book Lovers Announces 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards Winners -- Wall Street Journal
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21, 2013 /
Really Enough, an exquisitely written narrative by two San Francisco Bay authors, won the award in the Memoir/Biography category. The novel tells the uplifting true story of one woman's daunting struggle for survival, freedom, and forbidden love under Chairman Mao.
"Winning the esteemed Sharp Writ Book Award furthers our book's mission to empower readers through this true story of hope," said Really Enough authors, Kathleen Martens and Margaret Zhao.Smart Book Lovers -- From the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards judges:
* I loved this book! I read it straight through in one sitting. It was as good as Lisa See's Shanghai Girls! I hope there is a sequel.
From The Smart Book Lovers--2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards Judges:
* This book is an absolutely fabulous memoir. The story this woman has to tell is riveting and the book is hard to put down. Wonderful! A good example of a memoir that works on both levels (the story and the writing).
* This is a brilliant book - had to read it in one go. It showed how a child and her family survived the Chinese Revolution and how that child self taught herself English and eventually moved to America. Her humor lightens what was a horrific time for many in China. Well worth reading.
About the Author
Author Biographies: Kathleen Langmaack Martens, formerly a San Francisco Bay Area-based author now writes by the shore in Delaware. She has a lifetime passion for writing and intercultural communications. After attending the Foreign Service Language Institute for one year where she studied intensive Thai Language and Southeast Asian Area Studies, she moved to Thailand and began her consulting career. While living and working in Southeast Asia as an intercultural consultant and trainer in Bangkok, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia, she helped employees of major US corporations adjust to life working in remote areas of the world. Traveling to China as one of the early tourists admitted to the country, she took in the sights and sounds of a commune that would later become a foundation for writing Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny, Courage and Comedy with Margaret Zhao. At a social event in 2010, Margaret Zhao shared stories of her early childhood in rural China under the tyranny of Chairman Mao. Martens took an instant interest in her fascinating past. This chance meeting led to their collaboration on Zhao's memoir. Kathleen has a B.A. in English Literature and Sociology, and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Martens is currently returning to her roots in fiction. Flavored by her unique experience working on a remote island in Indonesia amid one of the world's few remaining "stone age" societies, her upcoming character-driven novel is expected to be available winter of 2016.
CO-AUTHOR Margaret Zhao's biography is omitted to avoid "spoiler" information that would give away the story of her life that is told in her memoir, Really Enough.