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The Woman Warrior

Author: Maxine Hong Kingston
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
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Widely recognised as a feminist classic, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, The Woman Warrior is a seminal tale combining myth with personal memoir. Divided into five chapters, each telling a unique story of Kingston’s familial history, a Chinese folktale, or both, Kingston explores how tradition, personal identity, and cultural norms are woven together to make up one person’s complex and unique character. More than an autobiography, this fascinating and inspiring book offers a unique insight into the challenges of emigration and identity, a struggle many people still face today.

Reading room discussion: Some scholars have questioned whether the series told by Kingston's mother in the text are actually traditional folk stories - do you believe this matters and why?

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