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A Memoir of Misfortune by Xiaokang Su

A Memoir of Misfortune

by Xiaokang Su

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A book about one of the exiles for the Tiannanmen Square massacre. Although he touches breifly on what got him in trouble, it is not very clear. This must be on purpose. The book is more about his life from the time his family is in a car accident in the US and he becomes the caregiver of his crippled wife. This is more about learning who he is and waking up to what he lost than about being in exile. An ok read, but check it out of the library. ( )
  autumnesf | May 20, 2008 |
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Su Xiaokang had faced calamity before: in 1989, after the Tiananmen Square massacre, he became the object of a government manhunt and was forced to flee China, leaving behind his wife and young son. Eventually his family was allowed to join him in exile in the United States, and he believed the worst was behind him. Then a terrible automobile accident left his wife, Fu Li, unable to move or speak.
In this remarkably honest account, Su, who blamed himself for his family's disaster, writes wrenchingly of his inner torment and despair. He describes the pain of living in exile, his desperate search for a miracle cure for Fu Li, and his bemusement at his teenage son's increasing Americanization. Above all, Su's moving memoir invites us along on a deeply personal odyssey, as a man who had once been at the center of an international political drama dedicates himself to the far more demanding task of remaking an emotional world for his wife and son.

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