The Female Spirit: Red Peonies in American Book Review (MĀNOA Vol. 28, Issue 2)

“The Female Spirit,” Diane Goodman’s review of MĀNOA special issue Red Peonies: Two Novellas of China (Vol. 28, Issue 2) appears in the May/June 2017 issue of the American Book Review.

American Book Review

Red Peonies reviewed in the May/June 2017 issue of American Book Review. Find issue on Project MUSE.

Red Peonies features two novellas, “The Woman Liu” and “The Woman Yang” by Chinese writer Zhang Yihe. The novellas were translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping. Goodman writes:

The Woman Liu and The Woman Yang are compelling examinations of love, fear, sacrifice and survival, betrayal, compassion, manipulation, friendship, and trust and sometimes even a kind of redemption. But maybe most of all, Red Peonies: Two Novellas of China are a powerful testimony to the fortitude of the female spirit.

Goodman is the author of three short story collections and associate professor at Grand Canyon University. Learn about the American Book Review on their website, and find the review on Project MUSE.


Red Peonies: Two Novellas of ChinaMĀNOA is edited by Frank Stewart and Pat Matsueda.

Purchase Red Peonies as a book from UH Press or subscribe to MĀNOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.

Browse full-text of Red Peonies online at Project MUSE.

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