When six-year-old Taotao is sent by her mother to live with her grandparents, her whole world seems to have fallen apart. Only in later years does she learn of her mother's secret pain - her own father's fall from grace in the Cultural Revolution - and come to understand the sacrifice she has made for her daughter. STARTLING MOON looks back to a past of rich but suppressed tradition, and forward to a very different China. Above all, it is the story of Taotao's quest to know her own heart: of the joys and responsibilities of friendship, the pain of first love, and the blossoming of a passion which will lead her to risk all that she holds dear.
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- Paperback | 320 pages
- 151 x 231 x 24mm | 485g
- 05 Jul 2001
- Headline Publishing Group
- HEADLINE REVIEW
- London, United Kingdom
About Liu Hong
Liu Hong was born in Manchuria, and grew up in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. She studied English Literature at University, and worked in Beijing as a translator. Following the events in Tiananmen Square she left China to study in the UK, at Oxford and then in London, where she met and married her English husband.
'All the fears, friendships, insecurities and passions of a coming-of-age tale are here, but this is a unique story told wih a sweetness and restraint that is both beguiling and illuminating' Woman's Journal 'Fascinating and very sympathetically presented' Independent 'Written in English, STARTLING MOON is a vivid story of political turmoil and furtive romance, and is well worth reading by ayone interested in what it's like growing up in modern China' -- Highbury and Islington Express 20011102