I have been looking forward to reading both of these for a long time, anthology ‘How Does One Dress To Buy a Dragonfruit’ since Jocelyn Eikenburg of Speaking of China announced she’d be featured, and memoir ‘The Good Chinese Wife’ ever since some of my favourite bloggers interviewed Susan Blumberg-Kason for her online book tour this summer.
During the three years between my longer Chinese adventures, time I spent back in the UK missing China and surrounding myself with as many things Chinese as could be, I read a LOT of fantastic books relating to Chinese culture, modern history, memoirs of expats and others, among my favourites being Xinran’s ‘The Good Women of China’ and Fuchsia Dunlop’s memoir ‘Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper’. I can’t remember all that I’ve read over these past few years (maybe I should put together a list) but I certainly did a lot of reading, something that I’ve missed a lot in the 6 months I’ve been here so far – I guess when packing up your life into two 25kg suitcases, books aren’t the most practical choice.
Anyway, thanks to Jocelyn’s recent post that Susan Blumberg-Kason would be taking her book tour to Hong Kong, I was thrilled that it coincided with my week in HK to apply for a visa. So I went along to one of the events and really enjoyed listening to some of the writers read from their essays, and a little bit starstruck to see them in the flesh after reading about their lives online. It was great to say hello to Susan, although I was nervous of what to say (!), but she was really approachable and even offered me a little marriage advice!
I look forward to reading both of these books over the coming weeks and may come back with my own thoughts. Any other book recommendations would be very welcome – I shall be putting a list together for my upcoming maternity leave!