Almost a Revolution: The Story of a Chinese Student’s Journey from Boyhood to Leadership in Tiananmen Square
Shen Tong. Almost a Revolution: The Story of a Chinese Student’s Journey from Boyhood to Leadership in Tiananmen Square, University of Michigan Press (October 15, 1998).
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Dai, Sijie. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. New York: Random House, Anchor Books, 2002. A novel full of ironic humor showing perennial Chinese rural life through the eyes of young people sent to the countryside.
Life and Death in Shanghai
Cheng, Nien. Life and Death in Shanghai. HarperCollins Publishers; New Ed edition (January 1995). A classic; the moving story by a Chinese Christian of one family’s suffering from fanatical attacks on educated, urban Chinese with foreign connections.
Jin, Ha. Waiting. New York: Random House, Pantheon Books, 1999. A National Book Award winner that tells a poignant story of the quiet desperation of family and work life in the late Mao era.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Chang, Jung (Jenny). Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. Touchstone; Reprint edition (August 12, 2003). The stories of three generations – a concubine in imperial China, a Nationalist fighting the Japanese, and a young Red Guard – are a lively introduction to modern Chinese history.