Under the Hawthorn Tree. AI Mi by Mi Ai

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This is a simple book about tragic love. But set in this time period, in this culture, the novel takes on a very complex topic: romantic versus political belief.
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Jingqiu, an innocent young woman from a politically questionable family in the city, is selected as one of a small group of students to be sent to the countryside to work on a project that will further the Cultural Revolution. Clever, curious and eager, she tries to fit in with her hosts and the rural way of life, and it isn't appropriate for her to fall in love. But she does, with the son of a mighty army general. This beautiful, simple story of love against the odds will break your heart.
 

About Mi Ai

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Ai Mi is a pseudonym. She lives in the United States, after having grown up in China.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Virago Press (UK). 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Isabel Hilton on Jan 20 2012

The novel is rewarding for its spare prose and subtle treatment of the conflicts, quarrels, racial ambiguities and acts of transcendent heroism woven into the story.

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Reviewed by MICHELLE BERRY on Feb 29 2012

This is a simple book about tragic love. But set in this time period, in this culture, the novel takes on a very complex topic: romantic versus political belief.

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