Wolfeboro Library to host Amy Kwei

WOLFEBORO — Amy Kwei will present a program about her book "A Concubine for the Family" at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Based on the story of the author's own grandparents, "A Concubine for the Family" presents a fascinating picture of daily life and society during a tumultuous period in Chinese history. Set during the years 1937 to 1941, Kwei tells the story of Purple Jade, who gives a younger woman to her husband as a birthday gift. This is a story of upper-class upheaval and family solidarity in a time of war and destruction.

Kirkus Review called the novel "an engaging family saga by a talented storyteller." Author Lisa See praised the book, saying that she "really enjoyed the story." A book signing will follow the presentation.

Amy Kwei is a Shanghai born Chinese-American who has twice won the Talespinner Competition sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal. An excerpt from "A Concubine for the Family" was published in the Skollie magazine of the Aspen Writers Foundation as a short story. Her young adult novel "Intrigue in the House of Wong" was published in 2009, and her short stories, children's stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines. Kwei is currently working on "Under the Red Moon" a sequel to "A Concubine for the Family."

For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.