In 1994, Anchee Min published Red Azalea , a memoir of growing up during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. It became an international bestseller. Twenty years later, Min returns to give us the next chapter, as she moves from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money or a clear path.
With the help of actress Joan Chen, Anchee applies to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She shows a portfolio of her self-taught brush paintings at the US consulate and is granted an entry visa, but once in America, Anchee finds she is on her own, forced to survive by her wits and indomitable spirit. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, has five jobs at once and sleeps in unheated rooms in desolate neighbourhoods.
Min's first memoir, Red Azalea was an international bestseller, published in twenty-seven countries. She has since published six novels, including the Richard and Judy choice Empress Orchid, The Last Empress and, most recently, Pearl of China.
This copy is in excellent condition with only very faint scuff marks on the back dust jacket cover.