Vanessa Hua presents "Forbidden City"

Event date: 

Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
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Vanessa Hua

Join us as we welcome hometown favorite, Vanessa Hua back to Orinda Books to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, Forbidden City. This stunning novel tells the story of teenage girl living in rural China who dreams of becoming a model revolutionary in the Communist Party. Recruited for a mysterious duty by party officials, Mei soon becomes Mao Zedong's protégée and lover. This deeply researched novel is as provocative as it is enlightening, as it explores this critical period in modern Chinese history.

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the novel A River of Stars and a story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. She has filed stories from China, Burma, South Korea, and elsewhere, and her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She has taught most recently at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


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Forbidden City: A Novel By Vanessa Hua Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399178818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - May 10th, 2022