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Memoirs of a Eurasian
by Vivian Yang
In Shanghai's French Concession in 1944, a young Russian fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution from his homeland falls in love with a local teenager. She dies giving birth to a girl without his knowledge, and he is expelled from China along with most other Westerners following the Communist takeover in 1949. The daughter grows up to be a piano instructor and becomes an unwed mo ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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I loved this book about 1960-1990s Shanghai (and Hong Kong). Vivian Yang is an excellent storyteller. Her protagonist in this novel is Mo Mo, who is 1/4 Russian. Mo Mo's mother, Nadia or Mo Na-di, is a troubled pianist who all but abandons her daughter during their years in Hong Kong and later in Shanghai. Mo Mo later finds herself in a tumultuous relationship with her swimming coach, who ends up affecting her adulthood more than she could imagine. My favorite character is the older Shanghai gen ...more