Book Blurb: Pearl Zhang was born in Sichuan Province in China, and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. She was raised in a typically Chinese manner, went to school, got a job, got married, and her whole life path was mapped out, or so it seemed.
Then she seized the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom – and stayed. How did she adjust to the Western way of life, and what did she have to do to overcome the barriers? Would she find happiness and fulfilment with her English suitor in Scotland, or would her heartache continue? She was in a new world, both foreign and exciting – under the Same Moon.
This book will take you on a journey full of surprises and discoveries – Hop on and enjoy the ride!
Reviews from Amazon
The same moon (journey to the west) was a joy to read. The author’s natural ability to bring characters and events to life is thoroughly displayed throughout the story. Upon reading the novel, one can easily envisgage the main character Pearl and the people around her; all of whom, despite being fictional, do possess such moving and powerful emotions. History is also cleverly inserted in the storyline without taking over the main plot, yet its presence undeniably important in shaping the main character’s destiny. I am also inspired by the sense of optimism that shines through every page. The author’s “glass half full” outlook on life certainly has made an impact on me as a reader. Junying’s sharp observation and her quick wit also contribute in making this book a thoroughly enjoyable piece of literature. This is a real gem in the modern literature world and will definitely be one proudly displayed on my bookshelf if it ever becomes a paperback.
A Beautiful Woman’s Memories Relived….., 5 stars
Pearl’s memories from China to UK and back and then back again placed me in her pocket with not only a glimpse of the scenery, scents and tastes of the foods, but also I felt her pulse which rose with the passions first felt as a very young woman and when the yearning for more became something as much taken as given as she rose in her education, knowledge of mankind and wisdom of what and who should be honored in her memory.
Junying Kirk is a gifted writer whom I hope someday to meet personally.
Journey 5 Stars; By Sandra Lynne Padgett
I have read only two books on Chinese culture, the first being an autobiography and this being a novel. This rings true to the autobiography in every way and then some. I followed Pearl Zhang through every step of her journey to self actualization with bated breath and high hopes for her goals to be realized. She is a strong yet sensitive woman who knows basically what she wants to do with her life as far as a career goes. Other of life’s events happen along the way, including a marriage and a child. This is a story that gets your attention immediately and keeps it. I really enjoyed the format of a memoir, it was easy to read and flowed smoothly all the way through. I am looking forward to more works by this author. I received this free as an ebook from the author for an honest review.
Enthralling 5 Stars; By kenyon15
This book is full of chinese history and colour and truly shows an insight into how different the western lifestyle actually is in comparison. I really got into the characters and enjoyed the book immensely.
The best book I read this year, 5 Stars By Julie Posner
Ms. Junying Kirk has such passion for writing and it shows in her writing from “The Same Moon”. The storyline and the characters she expressed in the book is reawakening. I was introduced to her writings by my husband Matt Posner, who is also an author and wrote The School of the Ages: Ghost in the Crystal and many other series as well. I have also purchased the second book written by Ms. Junying Kirk “Trials of Life – Journey to the West Trilogy”. I have become such a great admirer of your writings; please continue to generate more of these masterpieces. Best- Julie P
It’s the Same Moon, 5 Stars By KW
The Same Moon was a delight to read. At times I felt it was a little over reliant on minutiae, but such detail did help make the the life of Pearl Zhang come alive. While reading, I was able to inhabit the body of the protagonist and see the world through her eyes. I was able to enter the mind of a girl growing up in the final years of China under Mao and share the highs and lows she experienced maturing in that environment. It was intriguing to discover that even in a so-called State-dominated society, the loves and hates that develop between those interacting with you predominate in much the same way as they do in a supposedly freer society. Ms. Kirk made it possible for me to experience what life was like in world far removed from my own, but full of 90% of the same daily anxieties, hopes and ambitions that dominated my own experience of growing up. I loved the way Pearl would periodically display ethnocentric notions of psychological qualities she believed to be uniquely Chinese, but which turned out to be similar to some that I believed to be unique to the local community in the U.S. in which I was raised. Pearl may have grown up in China during the seventies and eighties, while I grew up in a rural community in the western U.S. during the fifties and sixties; even so, we experienced 90% or more of the same hopes, dreams, hassles, and setbacks. Regardless the differences in countries, political systems and even gender, I could relate with almost everything in this novel.
The only parts that put a definite gulf between us were the few times that the writer felt it necessary to have Pearl bask in the “elite” aspects of her educational background. I myself have been far from being an “elite” in anything. Even in this regard, though, I could understand the rationale for making this uniqueness plain. After all, at the time, Pearl would have been unable to study in England if she had not excelled in the Chinese educational system. Therefore, her being a member of an “educational elite” was such a prominent part of her life.
Most of the second part of the book focuses on her life living in Scotland and England. It was fascinating to read her experiences as she matured and assimilated, but, for me, the depiction of life growing up in China was the best part of the novel. It was the part that made it clear to me that we do live under the same moon. I’m looking forward to reading the next volume of this trilogy.
One of the best novels from Chinese authors!, 5 Stars By Bing (UK)
I’ve read almost all the novels rewritten my Chinese authors published in recent years. What’s different about Junying’s The Same Moon is that it’s about the life of a normal Chinese people. Being a Chinese who was brought up in China and now living in the west, there’s so much in Junying’s The Same Moon that I can relate to. Through the eyes of Pearl, I’m going back to the days when I was in China and my own journey to the west. To me this is not just a novel, its a history book which acurately recorded the lives of ‘normal’ Chinese people in the mordern China during cultural revolution/China’s opening to the west and for some of them their dreams of living in a free world. I can’t wait to read Junying’s next novel. In fact I order her next novel after read just a few pages of the The Same Moon!
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|The book <the same moon> , is unique in terms of writing styles. It combines eastern mentality with polished Western literature, a-must-read book for those who interested in knowing more about upbringing of an ordinary Chinese with no preferred business or political background. The story of the character Pearl truly and genuinely reflects an average chinese born in 1960’s. The description of the internal monologue of the character is fascinating , delicate & superb ! In addition to the flawless writing style, the most charming part of this novel is the ability that author communicated herself through lively words, allowing reader get into her own world and echoing with her.Last but not the least, author’s good command of “posh English” is mostly admired and appreciated. It is a book worth being studied, not merely read.|
Mira Kolar-Brown rated it 5 Stars
|What a book, what a life!In an easy, unaffected narrative, Junying Kirk tells a story of life in China before and after the death of Mao Zedong. In the first half of the book she talks about family life, personal relationships, survival, customs and traditions, politics and bureaucracy as experienced first hand in an environment that offered little personal choice.In the second half of the book, the young woman tries to make her way at the other side of the world, battling the obstacles, making friends, forging relationships and jumping through the hoops on the foreign soil and in a foreign language.Very cleverly, the book is written in English as a second language, a touch that enhances authenticity and provides an interesting insight into the culture and way of thinking.|