||In her first novel, Rachel DeWoskin, author of FOREIGN BABES IN BEIJING, adopts a flashback structure to recount an unorthodox marriage between a depressed American dropout and a Chinese student. In 1989, New Yorker Aysha Silvermintz becomes an ESL teacher, as she tries to move on with her life following a nervous breakdown. One of her first students is Chen Da Ge, a Chinese immigrant who is burdened with guilt over his mother's suicide and his failure to participate in the ill-fated Tiananmen Square protests. When Da Ge asks Aysha to marry him so that he can gain American citizenship, she agrees, but she has an ulterior romantic motive which even she does not yet fully understand. As she tells the story from Beijing, more than a decade later, Aysha struggles to force the pieces into a coherent picture, but she discovers that the strongest, most stubborn forms of love are inevitably inexplicable.
||A dazzlingly rich and funny novel by "a real China doll" (Entertainment Weekly) Rachel DeWoskin is a writer who has been lauded for her "razor-sharp descriptions" (The Wall Street Journal), her "considerable cultural and linguistic resources" (The New Yorker), and her rare ability to offer a "real insider's look at life in modern China" (The Economist). Now DeWoskin, author of the laughout-loud funny and poignant Foreign Babes in Beijing, returns with a new novel about modern China and one American girl's struggle to find herself there. Aysha is a twenty-two-year-old New Yorker putting the pieces of her life back in place after her parents' divorce and her own nervous breakdown when a young Chinese student named Da Ge flips her world upside-down. In a love story that spans decades and continents, from the Tiananmen Square incident to 9/11, New York City's Upper West Side to the terraced mountains of South China, Repeat After Me gives readers an alternately funny and painful glimpse of life and loss in between languages.