Pauline A. Chen earned her B.A. in classics from Harvard, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her Ph.D. in East Asian studies from Princeton. She has taught Chinese language, literature, and film at the University of Minnesota and Oberlin College. She is also the author of a novel for young readers, "Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas, " and lives in Ohio with her two children.
"Pauline Chen's boldly imagined retelling of "The""Dream of the Red Chamber" is a literary wonder. An epic yet intimate account of palace intrigue and political tumult that dazzles on every page. Heartbreaking, exhilarating, and impossible to put down."--Julie Otsuka, author of "The Buddha in the Attic" "Rarely does a cast of beloved literary figures from another culture and time come alive on the pages of a modern writer's work. Pauline Chen has reimagined the characters from my very favorite novel to make a compelling new version of China's great literary masterpiece. I highly recommend "The Red Chamber." It will transport you into an altogether new world." --Arthur Golden, author of "Memoirs of a Geisha " "In Pauline Chen's transporting interpretation of the Chinese classic "The Dream of the Red Chamber," the byzantine machinations and behind-the-screen politics of the Jia family are so skillfully rendered as to bring to mind a delicate ink painting suddenly and vividly brought to life. A remarkable achievement."--Janice Lee, author of "The Piano Teacher" ""The Red Chamber" draws a memorable portrait of the Qing dynasty era, revealing a dangerous world of intrigue and secrets within the entrapping web of societal mores and manners. Written in a precise, cinematic style, Chen's novel brings this fascinating historical period to vivid life." --Dan Chaon, author of "Stay Awake " "Fans of historical fiction who appreciate resonant details, unexpected intrigue, and multigenerational plotting will find this work irresistible. With just the right blend of the highbrow literary and guilty summer pulp, Chen just might put this 18th-century classic on 21st-century bestseller lists." --"Library Journal "" ""A vivid portrait...From the mighty heights to the depths of poverty and despair, the significance of female relationships, friendships, and rivalries are at the forefront of this compelling glimpse into an exotic