Decatur Library Auditorium
April 19, 2011, 7:15 P.M.
We are honored to welcome the very fine Chinese-born author Anchee Min (”Red Azalea”) with a wonderful new novel, ”Pearl of China,” loosely based on the life of Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck. Buck, who grew up in China, wrote that Chinese women ”are the strongest women in the world,” and Min -- a prime example -- has made it her mission to reveal the truth about the lives of some of the most famous including Madame Mao, Empress Tzu Hsi and Pearl Buck. This ”fresh and penetrating” novel that imagines a young woman’s friendship with Buck is ardently detailed, drmatic and encompassing, a thrilling read. Min’s book is a terrific cross-cultural story that is notable for its history and its entertainment. The author was born in Shanghai in 1957 and at the age of 17 was sent to a labor collective where an emissary for Madame Mao recruited her to work as a film actress. She came to the United States in 1984 with the help of the actress Joan Chen.