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Yichang municipality, Hubei province, China, early 1970s. High-school student Jingqiu is one of many educated urban youth sent to the countryside to be "re-educated" under a dictate from Chairman Mao. Jing's father is a political prisoner somewhere in China, and her mother, a former teacher branded as a "capitalist," is now reduced to menial work to support Jing and her two younger siblings.

When Jing arrives with a group at Xiping village in the Yangtze River's Three Gorges region, she meets geology student Jianxin, nicknamed "Old Three," who is the son of a high-ranking military officer, but whose mother committed suicide after being branded a "rightist." Despite their disparate social backgrounds and a political atmosphere that forbids the relationship, Jingqiu and Jianxin fall desperately in love. But their budding romance is cut short by fate...

A sensitive and searing love story, Under the Hawthorn Tree is sure to become an instant classic.


Under the Hawthorn Tree
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Why did he die?
July 15th, 2015
Having been to China I was entralled by this book, but i wished for a different ending, but dont we all
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A profound ending
July 2nd, 2015
The book the is longer than it needs to be. But the ending makes the book a very thoughtful and worthwhile read.
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Under the hawthorn tree
February 15th, 2014
I found this book long and tedious to get through. I'm glad I did finish it. But found the language and culture hard to understand at times.
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January 27th, 2014
It was an interesting read but found it be slow at times.
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December 29th, 2013
Not a bad story but I had a hard time staying interested when they went on about political history of China.
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