In this collection of eleven pieces, originally issued as a limited hand-printed edition, Maxine Hong Kingston does not attempt to capture Hawai’i but “instead and incidentally” to describe her “piece by piece, and hope that the sum praises her.” The essays provide readers with a generous sampling of Kingston’s signature: an angle of vision, exquisitely balanced and clear-sighted, that awakens one to a knowledge of things.
Maxine gives an overview of the book:
Maxine Hong Kingston was born on October 27th, 1940, in Stockton, California. She was the first of six American-born children; her parents, Tom and Ying Lan Hong, had had two children in China before they came to America. Her mother trained as a midwife in To Keung School of...