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Repeat After Me

Repeat After Me

Rachel DeWoskin

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-222-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Cloth
Overlook
5/14/2009

Product Description

Rachel DeWoskin is a writer who has been lauded for her razor-sharp descriptions (The Wall Street Journal), her considerable cultural and linguistic resources (The New Yorker), and her rare ability to offer a real insider s look at life in modern China (The Economist). Now DeWoskin, author of the laughout-loud funny and poignant Foreign Babes in Beijing, returns with a new novel about modern China and one American girl s struggle to find herself there.

Aysha is a twenty-two-year-old New Yorker putting the pieces of her life back in place after her parents divorce and her own nervous breakdown when a young Chinese student named Da Ge flips her world upside-down. In a love story that spans decades and continents, from the Tiananmen Square incident to 9/11, New York City s Upper West Side to the terraced mountains of South China, Repeat After Me gives readers an alternately funny and painful glimpse of life and loss in between languages.

Praise for Repeat After Me
"Cultures don t so much collide as coalesce in DeWoskin s sparkling debut novel, which follows the relationship of two people with more in common than their backgrounds would suggest.Infusing her multicultural narrative with vibrant observations that glitter with laser-intense acuity, DeWoskin demonstrates a smart, sophisticated literary agility. --Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

"This complex story of friendship, family, honor, and cultural differences is rich and deep. DeWoskin has firsthand knowledge of China, its language, and its traditions, as well as life in New York City, and her characters live and breathe." -Library Journal

"Rachel DeWoskin is that rarest of things; a real writer. She is musical and smart, serious and fun, modern and timeless. Repeat After Me is a masterwork--a hilarious, sad, page-turning masterwork. --Darin Strauss, bestselling author of Cheng and Eng

In her mesmerizing first novel, Rachel Dewoskin tells a poignant story of love, deception and forgiveness that draws you in with characters as tough and passionate as the cities they inhabit, New York and Beijing. Written with rare sensitivity and splendid wit, Repeat After Me ponders the complexity of relationships within and across cultures in ways both moving and revealing. --Philip P. Pan, author of Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China and foreign correspondent of the Washington Post

"Characters I care about and cannot predict; narrative that is thrilling and feels real; comedy that is generated by reality, so that it deepens emotion; nimble, engaging prose Repeat After Me has everything I want in a novel. Rachel DeWoskin s clear-eyed, cunning imagination has proceeded from her brilliant nonfiction Foreign Babes in Beijing to create a memorable work of art again including DeWoskin s unique sense of the exchanges and collisions between cultures."--Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate

"I was much less discriminating than Aysha, the large-hearted narrator of Rachel Dewoskin's Repeat After Me. I fell in love not only with Da Ge, her young Chinese student, but with all the characters, American and Chinese, in this scintillating, far-ranging, wonderfully intelligent novel. I am full of admiration for how deeply DeWoskin knows the streets of both Manhattan and Beijing, and how effortlessly she transports her reader between the two. Repeat After Me made my life feel larger in the best possible way." --Margot Livesey, bestselling author of The House on Fortune Street

Praise for Foreign Babes in Beijing:
An intelligent and complex portrait . . . DeWoskin deserves special praise. The Wall Street Journal

Diverting and enlightening. . . . [A] super-charged volume. Elle

An intelligent, funny memoir. People

About the author
Rachel DeWoskin was educated at Columbia and Boston University. In 1994, she moved to Beijing, where she worked in public relations before taking a starring role in a hugely successful Chinese soap opera. Her acclaimed first book, Foreign Babes in Beijing, has been published in five languages and is currently being developed as a feature film by Paramount Pictures. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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