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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Intrigue In The House of Wong
by Amy Kwei
The mystery of a Chinese American girl’s individual initiative against the system of family ties and values — it highlights youngsters who straddles two cultures. An action packed story that includes colorful teen language, rhythm of Chinese names, the ethic accents of New York, a kidnapping and rescue of the Israeli ambassador to the UN. The book includes a reading group guide.
A Concubine For the Family
by Amy Kwei
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."
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Smashwords book reviews by Amy Kwei
on Sep. 07, 2014
An interesting read about the small town life of community, friendship and loving support. Anyone who has ever tried to understand our journey through life and its many challenges will enjoy sharing Judge Constance Merrywell's discoveries about love, loss and reincarnation.
The language is beautiful. The descriptions of small town life bring flashes of recognition from those who have ever been touched by them. One goes away wishing one has attended the parties featured in the book — the food, wine and company. An uplifting book that cheers the mind and warms your heart! Amy S. Kwei