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Ellen Graf is a writer and sculptor. She has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, and she holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.
Artist Graf was a 46-year-old divorced mother of five (a stepdaughter still lives with her) who had given up on personal ads when her tai chi teacher's wife suggested that Ellen meet her brother, who happened to live in China and speaks only Chinese. With nothing more than a strong hunch to go on, Ellen flew halfway around the world to meet him. Soon, they got married, and he moved in to house in upstate New York, feeding Ellen and her stepdaughter sea slugs and lobbying to sell their refrigerator ("Just three people, no need"). So begins Graf's impressive debut, one of the funniest and most moving love stories to come around in a long time.-Elizabeth Brinkley, Granite Falls, WA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"One of the funniest and most moving love stories to come around in a long time."--Library Journal "A poignant, witty look at cultural misunderstandings, the intimacies of marriage, and the deep bonds of human connection."--Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai's Garden "A compelling read for anyone with an interest in the nuts and bolts of how to keep a marriage together."--Times Union "A delightful account of East meets West in a loving relationship, complete with inevitable culture clashes resulting from wildly different ethnicities, customs, and background experiences. This appealing, true tale of adaptation (an ongoing process required in any marriage but taken here to extremes) is infused with an unforced sweetness and offers heartfelt and authentic proof of what we do for love."--Booklist "Ellen Graf and her husband, Lu Zhong-hua, take the realm of marriage and spin it on an irresistible new axis. Quite simply the greatest love story I've ever read."--Aimee Liu, author of Cloud Mountain