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By Anchee Min

From the best-selling writer of crimson AZALEA, this remarkable novel tells the stirring, erotically charged tale of Madame Mao Zedong, the lady nearly universally often called the 'white-boned demon,' whom many carry at once chargeable for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush mental perception to undergo at the evidence of background, Min penetrates the parable surrounding this lady and gives a "convincing, nuanced portrait of a broken character" (Entertainment Weekly) pushed by means of ambition, betrayal, and a never-to-be-fulfilled must be enjoyed. With the entire compressed drama and excessive lyrical poetry of serious opera, changing into MADAME MAO is a "remarkable accomplishment . . . Madame Mao is ultimately given her personal voice" (Ha Jin).

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She lies in bed quietly. After midnight she hears bullets being fired. She counts the shots so she will know how many people have been killed. My number always matches the number of heads that hang on the gate of the town the next day. My schoolmates talk to each other like this: I'll slaughter you and hang your head on a hook and then I'll stick an opium pipe between your teeth. I hate school. I am an object of attack because I have no father and have a mother who works at jobs that arouse suspicion.

I hear. Take me with you! The rest of the audience follows. And then there is the sob, the whole theater. It sounds like an incredible tide. Wave after wave. Sky high. Vast, wrapping my ears. The performance is a success. It turns out to be the best opportunity I could ever hope for—Mr. Zhao Taimo and a group of critics he had invited to review the show are among the audience. He didn't call in advance to make reservations because he was aware that the show had been slow and that seats would not be a problem.

She thinks of him as a prop in her real-life show. The in-laws' complaint becomes her excuse. I am not going to stay where your mother wants to have my feet bound again, she says. The husband comes in between the women and tries to negotiate. No deal. His wife can't wait to be divorced. He can't outsmart her. Nothing will satisfy her until she is released. Mr. Fei sits down and takes out his abacus. He calculates and decides that he doesn't want to invest more in a business of no profit. *** With some money in her pocket the girl is on the run again.

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