The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warrior

Memoirs of A Girlhood Among Ghosts

Book - 1989
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"A classic, for a reason" - Celeste Ng via Twitter

In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new form--an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities--immigrant, female, Chinese, American.

As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother's "talk stories." The fierce and wily women warriors of her mother's tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Kingston's sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own. A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family's past and her own present.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989
Edition: Vintage International edition
Copyright Date: ©1976
ISBN: 9780679721888
Branch Call Number: B K619Av
Characteristics: 209 pages ; 21 cm


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Groszerita May 26, 2019

I love Kingston's writing and how she brings in the beliefs of her parent's generations. It's interesting because every culture and each generation bring their own beliefs where they try to pass onto their children, but the children who grow up in America think differently.


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