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Wild Ginger by Anchee Min
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May 15, 08

Read in May, 2008

Set in the early '70's inside China at the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution

Wild Ginger and her friend Maple are targets for persecution by the fanatic Mao-ist schoolmates as young teens. As time goes by, the girls meet a boy, Evergreen, and a love story evolves - but it is distorted by the political climate.

This is a harrowing and eye-opening story of the Cultural Revolution, about which I knew very little. It sounds like full-on brainwashing, like a bizarre cult! What a horrible way to live. Author Anchee Min makes me want to read much, much more about China's history.

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