LIAISON by Joyce Wadler

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The true story that inspired David Hwang's play "M Butterfly", about a French diplomat, Bernard Boursicot, posted to Peking, who fell in love with a seductive opera singer, named Shi Pei Pu, apparently unaware that Pei Pu was a man. Their liaison "produced" a son, and led them into espionage and finally to gaol in France. Joyce Wadler spent four years researching the story, and finally persuaded Boursicot to break his silence and explain his side of the story.

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About Joyce Wadler

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Joyce Wadler is a New York City humorist who writes the 'I Was Misinformed' column for The New York Times, where she was a staff reporter for 15 years. Her memoir about breast cancer, "My Breast," has been translated into several languages. The London Sunday Times called "My Breast" the first humor book -- "albeit black humor" -- about breast cancer. Gloria Steinem called the book, "An irresistible and intimate story of defeating cancer with humor and self-respect." The Washington Post wrote, "Through Joyce Wadler's ability to transform pain into laughter, her story will touch many other women's hearts as well.
Published August 24, 2011 by Bantam. 321 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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 High-class retelling of the real-life affair behind the mistaken-sex plot of M. Butterfly.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of LIAISON

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In 1982, French diplomat Bernard Boursicot was arrested for passing intelligence information from his embassy in Beijing to Chinese opera singer Pei Pu. Boursicot claimed that he had spied in order to

Aug 30 1993 | Read Full Review of LIAISON

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