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Under the Hawthorn Tree

Translated by Anna Holmwood • Written by Ai Mi

Published January 14, 2012 | ISBN 9781770890503
FICTION / Literary

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368 pages
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Under the Hawthorn Tree

Anna Holmwood • Ai Mi

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.

About the Creators

Anna Holmwood

Anna Holmwood is a translator and academic specializing in the study of classical and modern Chinese literature. She lives in England.

Ai Mi

Ai Mi is a pseudonym. She lives in the United States, and grew up in China.

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