'One of the great American chroniclers of her people and time' Independent
By the author of the bestselling THE WOMAN WARRIOR, a magical book: a literature of peace built on the stories of war.
Divided into four sections - 'Fire', 'Paper', 'Water' and 'Earth' - this book is neither fiction nor autobiography nor memoir, but a unique form of Chinese 'talk-story' in which real and imagined worlds intrude upon and enrich one another. From the anti-war protests in Hawaii to Kingston's own conversations with Vietnam veterans, the author takes us inside the hearts and minds of a host of characters, not least of whom is her own Mama, the veteran woman warrior Brave Orchid. This remarkable book is also the narrative of the seminal years in which Kingston rebuilds her life following a devastating fire, which destroyed all her possessions including her novel THE FOURTH BOOK OF PEACE, and the death of her father.
“Serene, right-on and intoxicatingly written, this is an opportunity to connect with the America that doesn't watch Fox News”
“This is an admirable ambition...with vivid and haunting details”