A Concubine For the Family

kirkus review: “an adept stylist and storyteller, author weaves this tale of upper- class china in upheaval(1937-41). an engaging family saga by a talented storyteller.” this “book-fragrant” family's harrowing experiences highlight feminine solidarity and heroism, including dramatic events in an opium den, foot binding, acupuncture and raising silkworms. lisa see: “I really enjoy the story." More

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About Amy Kwei

A graduate of St. John’s University (BA) and Vassar College (MA). She is retired from teaching in Bennett College and Dutchess Community College. She has twice won the Talespinner Competition sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal. One of the judges, Michael Korda, commented: “Has a very strong cultural appeal, and gives the reader a quick, instant understanding of Chinese values, and how they differ from our own. As well, it is simply written, perhaps the best written of all the stories here.”
Her young adult novel Intrigue in the House of Wong was published in 2009. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Prima Materia, Short Story International, CAAC Inflight magazine, Westchester Family, Dutchess Magazine, The Country, and Dutchess Mature Life. Andover Green published one of her children’s stories in Six Inches to England.
Amy is working on Under the Red Moon— a sequel to A Concubine for the Family. An excerpt from the book was published as a short story in the Skollie magazine of the Aspen Writers Foundation.

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