The Girl from Purple Mountain

Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America

May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai

Thomas Dunne Books

Download Image May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai The Girl from Purple Mountain

Available Formats

BookeBook
A true story of love, betrayal, and healing, The Girl from Purple Mountain begins with a mystery: The Chai family matriarch, Ruth Mei-en Tsao Chai, dies unexpectedly and her grieving husband discovers that she had secretly arranged to be buried alone-rather than in the shared plots they had purchased together years ago. In this extraordinary and moving family epic set against the shifting tides of twentieth-century China, Ruth's first-born son, Winberg, and his daughter, May-lee, explore family history to reconstruct her life as they seek to understand her fateful decision.

Connect with the Author

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Reviews

Praise for The Girl from Purple Mountain

A multilayered memoir that successfully weaves historical detail with familial emotions of different generations." --Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai

Winberg Chai was born in Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. from New York University, and later became the first Asian American vice president of a state university. The author of more than twenty books on China, he is currently a political science professor at the University of Wyoming.

Daughter of Winberg Chai, May-Lee Chai is the author of the novel My Lucky Face. Her short stories have been published in various publications, including Seventeen, the North American Review, and the Missouri Review. A former reporter for the Associated Press, she has also taught creative writing at San Francisco State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Chai has Master's degrees from Yale University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

May-lee Chai
Winberg Chai

Back

Reading Guide

Organizing a Reading Group

1

Get the Guide

Download PDF
2

Tell Your Friends

Share
3

Find More Books

Go to Website
4

Stay Updated

Sign Up
Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

The Girl from Purple Mountain
Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America
May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803022
ISBN10: 1466803029
336 pages, Includes 30 black-and-white photographs throughout
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312302702
ISBN10: 0312302703
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes 30 black-and-white photographs throughout
$19.99
Back

From The Publisher

Thomas Dunne Books

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back