Marilyn Chin’s first work of fiction Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (Hamish Hamilton, 2009) is a one-off. It is such an original work, and in the current publishing climate in the UK that is, as we like to put it, ‘risk-averse’, this book stands out. It is not a novel or even, strictly speaking, a regular collection of short stories. It is more a series of interlinked tales about two Chinese-American sisters, Moonie and Mei Ling, and their grandmother, Grandma Wong. But this is not cosy, folksy storytelling but a book that explores the very serious issues of gender, sexuality, cultural duality and assimilation with wonderful imagination and huge dollops of the most outrageous humour. The book not only made me laugh, but laugh out loud. One senses that the author is not writing to please anybody, to fit in or conform and it is so refreshing to read a writer who is totally doing her own thing.
If you want to read a writer who is new, daring and different, then Marilyn Chin could be the writer for you. She’s way too out there for Middle England.
About the Author
Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has won numerous awards for her poetry including four Pushcart prizes. Her books of poetry include Dwarf Bamboo, Rhapsody in Yellow and the The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty.
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