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Chang, Lan Samantha
Reviewed by: Michael C. Baradi, Librarian, Mid-Valley Regional Library
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Somewhere towards the end of Lan Samantha Chang’s third novel, The Family Chao, I kept thinking about the first story in Maxine Hong Kingston’s seminal work The Woman Warrior, where a woman takes her own life by jumping into the family well, just hours after giving birth in a pigsty.  She was Kingston’s aunt back in China, during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, when the country splintered into regions controlled by local leaders, after the fall of the Qing Dynasty.Read Full Review

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