China Dreams: Growing Up Jewish in Tientsin (Paperback)

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What does it mean to be "thrice alien"? Isabelle Zimmer Maynard is one who knows. Born in 1929 in Tientsin, China, Maynard was the only child of Russian Jewish parents who had fled the Communists and sought refuge in this teeming city on the North China Sea. They subsequently survived the Japanese invasion of China and ultimately escaped to San Francisco when the Chinese Communists seized power. China Dreams, like a string of beguiling pearls, is a collection of autobiographical stories of an amazing childhood. Maynard's ability to reconstruct her world in the moment will delight and enchant readers. She says, "I have carried China all my life. I do not claim accuracy of history - only accuracy of the heart". Her keen eye and fetching wit provide an arresting, poignant, highly personal portrait of a now-vanished world once shared by thousands of European Jews.

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Publisher University of Iowa Press
Mfg Part# 9780877455714
SKU 30215585
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0877455716
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.5T
Author Info
Isabelle Maynard
Isabelle Maynard immigrated to California in 1948; she now lives in Emeryville. For 35 years she was an administrative social worker in the San Francisco Bay area; she is also an actor, painter, teacher, and oral historian. Her stories have appeared in many literary magazines, and her play, "The Ace", was produced in 1987.
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Editors Note What does it mean to be "thrice alien"? Isabelle Zimmer Maynard is one who knows. Born in 1929 in Tientsin, China, Maynard was the only child of Russian Jewish parents who had fled the Communists and sought refuge in this teeming city on the North China Sea. They subsequently survived the Japanese invasion of China and ultimately escaped to San Francisco when the Chinese Communists seized power. China Dreams, like a string of beguiling pearls, is a collection of autobiographical stories of an amazing childhood. Maynard's ability to reconstruct her world in the moment will delight and enchant readers. She says, "I have carried China all my life. I do not claim accuracy of history - only accuracy of the heart". Her keen eye and fetching wit provide an arresting, poignant, highly personal portrait of a now-vanished world once shared by thousands of European Jews.
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Publisher University of Iowa Press
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