Book Review: Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger, Maple, and Evergreen are the three main protagonists in this book by Anchee Min.  Maple narrates the story which is a coming of age during Maoist China.

It’s a short, concise book.  I read it in two seatings but I had to put it down and go back to it.  What happens to them is heart-wrenching and scary and a warning of what happens when one person has all of the power.  Due to the story being told through Maple’s eyes, one should question Wild Ginger’s motives and what she does.

Communist China made this story but the people are universal.  It’s a page turner in a bad way because you don’t know what is going to happen to someone next.

Wild Ginger gives voice to the people who both disappeared and lived through and survived Maoist China.

A must read.


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