Mulberry and Peach

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Mulberry and Peach

Hualing Nieh

Translated by Jane Parish Yang & Linda Lappin. Afterword by Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong.

This extraordinary novel by the co-founder of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, recounts the story of two women—Mulberry and Peach—who are really one. Mulberry is a young woman who has fled the turmoil of postwar China to settle in the United States. Unable to forget the terrors she has witnessed or resolve the conflicts between her new life and her old, she develops a second personality: fearless, tough-talking, sexually uninhibited, Peach. Brilliantly innovative in style, Mulberry and Peach offers a rare women's perspective on the upheavals of modern China, and a compelling portrait of the cultural and psychological dislocation intrinsic to the immigrant experience.

"A disquieting study of psychological and cultural schizophrenia . . . perceptive and powerful."

Publishers Weekly

"Seldom has a Chinese work of fiction so felicitously yoked together elements of symbolism, poetry, historical reconstruction, fantasy—and language so taut with tension that the protagonists' destinies seem to hinge on a word play, and a nation's future is betrayed by an allegory."


"The conflict between Mulberry and Peach—the dual personalities locked within the heroine—symbolizes the conflict that has faced all those Chinese whose lives have been disrupted by the great political upheavals of modern China."

People's Daily, China