Finding Iris Chang by Paula Kamen
Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind

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Iris Chang’s mysterious suicide in 2004, at age thirty-six, didn’t seem to make any sense. She had more to live for than anyone, including fame, fortune, beauty, a husband, and child. Some even wondered if the controversial author of the Rape of Nanking had been murdered. Long-time friend Paula Kamen was among those left wondering what had gone so wrong. Seeking to reconcile the suicide with the image of Chang’s “perfect” life, Kamen searched her own memory and scoured Chang’s letters, diaries, and archival material to fill in the gaps of Chang’s personal transformation-from awkward teen to homecoming princess in college, from “ex-shy person” to world-class speaker and international human rights pioneer-and later decline into mental illness and paranoia. A literary investigation of an important writer’s journey, Finding Iris is a tribute to a lost heroine, a portrait of the real and vulnerable woman who inspired so many around the world.
 

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Paula Kamen is the author of "Feminist Fatale: Voices from the Twentysomething Generation Explore the Future of the Women's Movement. "Her work has appeared in the "New York Times", "Washington Post", "Ms"., the "Chicago Tribune", "EXTRA"!, the" Dallas Morning News, " and "Newsday". She is a visiting research scholar at Northwestern University's Women's Studies Program.
 
Published December 10, 2007 by Da Capo Press. 309 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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She also brutally reports each way she feels that she might have betrayed her friend—including a devastating passage in which Kamen recounts ignoring Chang’s phone calls in the days prior to her suicide, and then reveals that one of the points in Chang’s “twenty-point plan to get Iris well” had b...

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For example, Kamen is inclined to detail some of her own medical problems and her efforts to cope with them, apparently believing they are at least some basis for comparison in trying to understand Chang's state of mind.

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In Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind, Paula Kamen not only sorts through the rumors, she seeks out what might have led Chang to take her own life.

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In a Nutshell: Iris Chang, it seemed, had everything — beauty, fame, fortune, genius, a husband and child — but in 2004, she committed suicide.

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It also capitalizes on the sensationalism of the many conspiracy theories that swirled around the mysterious circumstances of Chang's death.While the author admits to an early journalism school rivalry with the high-energy, ambitious Chang, they eventually established a post-school friendship.

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