The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
- Publish Date: 1989-04-23
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Maxine Hong Kingston
In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new formâan exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identitiesâimmigrant, female, Chinese, American.Â
As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her motherâs âtalk stories.â The fierce and wily women warriors of her motherâs tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Kingstonâs sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own. A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her familyâs past and her own present.