Please join us Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall at 733 N. Eighth Street.
Gail Tsukiyama, on tour for her new novel A Hundred Flowers
, will enjoy a conversation with her friend, noted Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. Advance registration is required; call 414-286-3011 or register online at www.mpl.org
"Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend."
Mao Tse-Tung issued an invitation to the people of China in 1956. He encouraged them to share their frank opinion of the communist government and of how to create a stronger nation. A Hundred Flowers
tells the reality of what happened during the Chinese Cultural Revolution through the fictional experience of one family. Professor Sheng Lee writes a letter expressing concerns about the present and suggestions for a greater China. When the letter is received by Mao's representatives, Lee is taken away for 're-education.' His family home becomes filled with sadness because they know they may never see him again.
Kai Ying, Sheng's wife, manages the household despite missing her husband and worrying about her son. Then, without telling anyone, Sheng's father, Wei, boards a train for Luoyang to find his son. Wei has much to tell him and much to atone for. The solace of family and tradition amidst guilt and secrets is beautifully rendered.
Jacki @ Central