Under the Hawthorn Tree

Under the Hawthorn Tree

Written by: Mi, Ai
Translated by: Holmwood, Anna

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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…

A sensitive and searing love story, Under the Hawthorn Tree is sure to become an instant classic.

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…

A sensitive and searing love story, Under the Hawthorn Tree is sure to become an instant classic.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Jan 14, 2012
Specifications 368 pages | 8.5 in x 5.3125 in
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Written By Ai Mi is a pseudonym. She lives in the United States, and grew up in China.
Written By
Ai Mi is a pseudonym. She lives in the United States, and grew up in China.

“In Under the Hawthorn Tree, the period is drawn with convincing detail, evoked to illuminate how political repression and strict social mores affect two characters engaged in one of China's favourite literary themes.” —Guardian

“... moving ...” —Financial Times

“This is the stuff of Romeo and Juliet: romance and tragedy ... this book should be read.” —Globe and Mail

“"...a great addition to the reading list and an excellent representative of modern Chinese literature."” —Across the Litoverse Blog