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This week's blog post has nothing to do with any of that. It's an elegy to my Aunt Ruth, who passed away last month. She was a woman who had taken on many roles in the course of her long life: as a daughter in Old Shanghai, the wife of an army doctor in Northern Africa, the mother of three in Pennsylvania, my father's best buddy. Here it is: A Death in the Family.
They're here! The first shipment of The Dancing Girl and the Turtle was delivered yesterday. Aren't they gorgeous?
You, too, can have a copy though you'll have to wait a little longer. Go here for your buying options. Unless you live in the Netherlands in which case, come on over!
More book reviewers have signed on to say (hopefully nice) things about my book and/or me, this time from the Asian stratosphere: the Asia Literary Review, WhyIWrite.net, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and the China blog of the Los Angeles Review of Books!
This has been a particularly Asia-centric week, starting out with the film we saw last Sunday. The Handmaiden is a movie directed by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook. It was "inspired" (to quote the film credits) by The Fingersmith. In the Sarah Waters book, this is the tale of a Victorian Age pickpocket. In Park's cinematic version, the action is transposed to Korea during the Japanese occupation.
It was an altogether surprising film, an erotic thriller that delivers with both barrels. It was also a fascinating and disturbing look at identity. Not in the sense of the oh-so-yesterday identity politics but rather what a person is willing to do in the name of getting ahead.
Just in case, here are some other articles of mine you might have missed: