By Shu Jiang Lu
Set opposed to China s turbulent years among the early Sixties and the past due Seventies, while Huai vegetation Bloom is the literary memoir of a tender lady who manages to maintain love, mind's eye, and power in this so much chaotic time. With twelve separate but interconnected tales, Shu Jiang Lu alternates among storyteller and listener as she relays haunting thoughts and explores the devastating impact of Mao s anticultural Cultural Revolution. Lu weaves jointly the voices of a number of genuine and incredible characters: her mom and dad and their precious but forbidden bookcase; the mysterious owners beckoning from Pear Flower Alley; the immortal martial hero; the reactionary opera singer and the black demon novelist; the whispering ghost and dancing fairy; and the writer herself, gaining knowledge of her storyteller s voice within the army camps of her adolescence. whilst Huai flora Bloom is a poignant, power trip towards voice and freedom."