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Maxine Hong Kingston's First Novel

Kingston wrote two dreamlike memoirs before publishing a novel, Tripmaster Monkey. The story follows a Chinese American grad student in the 1960s who is as influenced by Chinese literature as he is Beat culture. Book critic John Leonard calls it brilliant.

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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 11, 1989: Interview with Yoko Ono; Commentary on bubblegum music; Interview with David Cale; Review of Maxine Hong Kingston's novel "Tripmaster Monkey."

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