The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Paperback – April 23, 1989
A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts growing up in America within a tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present
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.
- Paperback: 209 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (April 23, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679721886
- ISBN-13: 978-0679721888
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces