Red Azalea

by Anchee Min

Red Azalea is a simply written, yet powerful memoir by author Anchee Min. It’s the coming of age story of a young girl, set in the 1960s and 70s, during China’s Cultural Revolution. Min poetically describes life under Mao’s rule, where all decisions were made for her; where she lived, what kind of work she did, and even who she could love. Because of the lack of control she had over her life, Min struggled for both her emotional and physical survival.

reviewer: Carol Leifer