By Josh Russell
Just like the Puritan-era narratives she reports, Hannah Guttentag’s early-1990s narrative is a chronicle of the unusual locations she travels—Nashville, Ithaca, New Orleans, Cleveland, Nebraska—the savages who captivate her—librarians, grad scholars, professors, her baby—and the redemption she earns.
Josh Russell's prior novels are Yellow Jack and My vivid Midnight. An Illinois native—born in Carbondale, raised in Normal—he now lives in Decatur, Georgia together with his spouse and daughter.
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In 1928, the National Government in Nanking ordered that all text-books in the lower secondary schools should be written in the national language; and that all lower secondary texts written in the classical language should be prohibited. It is safe to estimate that at least three-quarters of the new books published during the last 5 years are in the spoken language. Thus was begun the Chinese Literary Renaissance, the full significance of which can best be understood by recalling the history of the rise of the national languages of modern Europe.
The flesh and blood on both feet having gradually dried up, only a few bones were left and the feet now appeared slender and small. On the morning of the royal wedding, he or now more correctly she, was painted and rouged and dressed in all richness proper to the first lady in the Kingdom of Women. The feet were not very small indeed, but with the aid of high wooden soles they appeared to be of the respectable size. She was now carried to the wedding hall where, amidst the glorious candle-lights and wedding music, the new Queen was even capable of holding her flowing sleeves, bending very low, and kneeling properly as only highly refined women knew how to do!
Chen still waiting in his car? LEE FUH—(In a low voice) Yes, here is a note for you. (Hands her a note) MISS TIEN—(Reads) “This concerns us alone. ” Yes. I must decide for myself. I must! (To Lee Fuh) Tell father and mother not to wait for me. I’ll join them after dinner. (Lee Fuh bows knowingly and retires. Miss Tien rises and puts on the cloak which she had taken off when she first entered. Goes to the desk and writes a note which she leaves under the flower vase; then she hurries out by the right-hand door.