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A Story of Fire and Water

By Tinling Choong

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400096831, 206pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2008


An original, courageous novel, FireWife draws on the powerful Chinese myth of fire and water to explore how women's sexuality and fate are intertwined.

Nin, a photographer, embarks on a five-month journey to photograph women around the world. Her travel turns into a search for the truth about women: the women of fire and the women of water. Each of her subjects' lives echoes a stage in Nin's discovery of her true “fire self.” FireWife illuminates the gap between merely knowing and actually living one's true self. Poetic and intensely moving, FireWife is an exploration of contemporary Asian women unknowingly connected over time.

About the Author
TINLING CHOONG was born and raised in Malaysia. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, and is working toward her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. "FIREWIFE "is her publishing debut. She is at work on a novel.

Praise For Firewife

“An absorbing short novel and a brilliant erotic phantasmagoria, as poignantly poetic as it is compelling narrative.”
—Harold Bloom

“Extraordinary. . . . FireWife combines psychological depth with mythologically inclined reference points, giving it a remarkable freshness and singularity.”
—Robert Stone

“An exhilarating novella. . . . [FireWife] marks the arrival of a fresh and interesting voice in fiction. . . . Simple and provocative.”
South China Morning Post

“[Choong] has a knack for alternating between floridly sensuous prose and plainspoken abruptness a la Jamaica Kincaid. . . . [FireWife is] a testament to her talent for evoking a world fractured by cultural, class and gender gaps, yet somehow still united.”
Seven Days