Books by Anchee Min

ANCHEE MIN was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao"s Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She came to the United States in 1984 with the help of actress J


THE COOKED SEED by Anchee Min
Released: May 7, 2013

"An uplifting work of incredible grit and fortitude."
A truly rags-to-riches story from Shanghai to Chicago. Read full book review >
PEARL OF CHINA by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A straightforward biography would have served better than this flat, hagiographic narrative."
Min (The Last Empress, 2007, etc.) offers an adoring fictional biography of Pearl S. Buck. Read full book review >
THE LAST EMPRESS by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"The great swatches of historical detail will enlighten readers who generally view history from a Western perspective, but with Orchid so busy explaining herself, the human story of a woman who denies her instincts never quite emerges."
In this sequel to her historical novel Empress Orchid (2004), Min tells the story of late-19th-century China's crumbling empire, from the point of view of the country's much-vilified final empress. Read full book review >
EMPRESS ORCHID by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Evocative, but underpowered in simple narrative."
Chinese-born Min's usual meticulous attention to local color (Wild Ginger, 2002, etc.) puts a brake on what should be a riveting tale—the ascent to power of China's last Empress—in a court where beheadings are as frequent as concubines are numerous. Read full book review >
WILD GINGER by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2002

"Fascinating, moving, and marvelously strange: second-novelist Min (Becoming Madame Mao, 2000; a memoir, Red Azalea, 1994) opens the door to a world that is at once terrible and compelling."
A striking story of love and betrayal re-creates the terror and animosities that informed the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s. Read full book review >
BECOMING MADAME MAO by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"A remarkable act of historical imagination, but readers are left with more questions than answers."
The author of a wrenching memoir, Red Azalea (1994), turns to fiction and goes back to her native China to explore the story of the woman once known to the world as the `white-boned demon.` Like all girls of her class, Jiang Ching had her feet bound at the age of four. Read full book review >
KATHERINE by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Lyrical prose with a distinct Chinese flavor makes Min's first novel—and its times—even more poignant and resonant."
From the author of last year's Red Azalea—a highly praised memoir of growing up during the Cultural Revolution—comes a bittersweet story as much about love as about the malignant legacy of Maoist China. Read full book review >
RED AZALEA by Anchee Min
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A haunting and quietly dramatic coming-of-age story with a cultural cataclysm as its backdrop."
Fascinating memoir of a young Chinese girl during the collapse of the Maoist regime. Read full book review >