The memoir "On The Great Wall" made quite an impact in my family when I first read it in 2004.
The author, Penny Peng of China, had attended college at the College of St. Francis (now University of St. Francis) in Joliet, so the features editor at The Herald-News asked me to interview her to help promote her book.
I hadn't intended to read all of the book, but the story was so compelling, I couldn't resist. When I was done, I recommended the book to one of my high school sons.
He loved it and wound up having a phone conversation with the author to share his reactions.
Here is the Amazon description for "On the Great Wall," which I will review in the LocalLit newsletter this Tuesday: "A story of love and adventure in China, this gripping account tells of the dramatic return to China of a top rocket scientist and a young woman educated in America on the eve of the Cultural Revolution."
Peng's husband was Yao Tongbin, one of China's foremost missile engineers. He was beaten to death outside their home by a mob, which "The Great Wall" details.
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