The Fifth Book of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston
(Vintage Contemporaries)

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A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire that coincided with the death of her father. Now in this visionary and redemptive work, Kingston completes her interrupted labor, weaving fiction and memoir into a luminous meditation on war and peace, devastation and renewal.

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About Maxine Hong Kingston

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Born in California to immigrant Chinese parents, Kingston was educated at the University of California at Berkeley. Kingston soared to literary celebrity upon the publication of her autobiographica The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976). The Woman Warrior is dominated by Kingston's mother; her next work, China Men (1980), although not autobiographical in the manner of her previous book, is focused on her father and on the other men in her family, giving fictionalized, poetic versions of their histories. The combination of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and myth in both books create a form of balanced opposites that one critic has likened to yin and yang. Her first novel, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, was published in 1989.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Maxine Hong Kingston’s strange, fragmentary memoir of loss incorporates part of a novel that vanished when a fire destroyed the manuscript.

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In September 1991, Kingston (The Woman Warrior; China Men; etc.) drove toward her Oakland, Calif., home after attending her fat

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In 1991, Kingston's home was destroyed by sweeping fires in .

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Spirituality & Practice

The reasons for peace, the definitions of peace, the very idea of peace have to be invented, and invented again.

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