Under the Hawthorn Tree by Ai Mi

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A bestseller in China with more than 1 million copies sold.

Yichang municipality, Hubei province, China, early 1970s. High-school student Jingqiu is one of many educated urban youth sent to the countryside to be re-educated under a dictate from Chairman Mao. Jing's father is a political prisoner somewhere in China, and her mother, a former teacher branded as a capitalist, is now reduced to menial work to support Jing and her two younger siblings. When Jing arrives with a group at Xiping village in the Yangtze River's Three Gorges region, she meets geology student Jianxin, nicknamed Old Three, who is the son of a high-ranking military officer, but whose mother committed suicide after being branded a rightist. Despite their disparate social backgrounds and a political atmosphere that forbids the relationship, Jingqiu and Jianxin fall desperately in love. But their budding romance is cut short by fate . . .

About Ai Mi

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Ai Mi is a pseudonym. She lives in the United States, and grew up in China. Anna Holmwood is a translator and academic specializing in the study of classical and modern Chinese literature. She lives in England.
Published November 30, 2011 by House of Anansi Pr. 352 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Something of a literary sensation when it was released in China, this story

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