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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679760636
ISBN-13: 9780679760634
Sku: 36491836
Publish Date: 9/28/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  401
Age Range:  NA
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A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire that coincided with the death of her father. Now in this visionary and redemptive work, Kingston completes her interrupted labor, weaving fiction and memoir into a luminous meditation on war and peace, devastation and renewal.
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A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire that coincided with the death of her father. Now in this visionary and redemptive work, Kingston completes her interrupted labor, weaving fiction and memoir into a luminous meditation on war and peace, devastation and renewal.
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Kingston's book was written in response to the burning of her home in the Oakland fires of 1991, in which she also lost the manuscript to a novel-in-progress called THE FOURTH BOOK OF PEACE. Incorporating that book into a memoir about the loss of her house, Kingston has created a moving meditation on loss and memory as well as a plea for peace in which she refers to wars old and new, including the Vietnam and Gulf Wars.
Author Bio
Maxine Hong Kingston
Maxine Hong Kingston was born to immigrant parents in California soon after her father's laundry business failed. Her mother had been a physician in China, but in America the family was desperately poor; Kingston's parents worked as servants and fruit pickers during her childhood. Caught between her Chinese home life and the surrounding American culture, Kingston was a shy, quiet child. She graduated from Berkeley in 1962, and two years later was certified as a teacher. She taught math and English, then moved with her husband and son to Hawaii, where she continued to teach. She published her acclaimed and influential autobiography, "Woman Warrior", in 1976. She has also written fiction, and has been named a "Living Treasure" in Hawaii.

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Publishers Weekly
"Complicated, convoluted, fascinating and, in the final section, poignant almost beyond bearability, this work illumines one writer's experience of war and remembrance while elevating a personal search to a cosmic quest for truth." 05/23/2003

Kirkus Reviews
"A colorful meandering that is most original and compelling when it focuses on the author's hard-won peace with her family." 07/01/2003

Harper's
"...Kingston is a lotus, a flowering of divine intellect, and a bodhisattva, sticking around...to ease our suffering." - John Leonard September 2003

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0401
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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