Bette Bao Lord Introduction - Essay

Introduction

Bette Bao Lord 1938–

Chinese-American novelist and nonfiction writer.

Lord's background in Chinese culture and history is evident in her writings. She left mainland China with most of her family in 1946. A younger sister, San San, remained behind and did not join the family in the United States until 1962. Eighth Moon is Lord's recounting of her sister's experiences.

Lord's first novel, Spring Moon, is a family saga which captures the turmoil of recent Chinese history from the dissolution of the Manchu dynasty through the establishment of Communist China.