Finding Iris Chang

Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind
Author(s): Paula Kamen
Original Publish Date: Nov 09, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.88 hours)
Product Number: Z100097169
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483051048
Narrator/s: Bernadette Dunne
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Iris Chang, bestselling author of The Rape of Nanking and tireless human rights activist, symbolized strength to many in the literary and social justice worlds. Her fearlessness made it all the more shocking when she committed suicide in 2004 at age thirty-six. Longtime friend and confidante Paula Kamen, author of the critically acclaimed All in My Head, reveals for the first time the private woman behind the bold international celebrity. She offers a tribute to the lost heroine while attempting to explain Iris' tragic psychological decline. Through letters, diaries, her own memories, and investigative journalism, Kamen fills in the surprising gaps in Chang's personal transformation from awkward teen, to world-class writer and lecturer, and finally, into mental illness and paranoia. Finding Iris Chang is a portrait of a real, vulnerable woman who changed the world.

Professional reviews

"As with most suicides, the shocking death of writer Iris Chang (THE RAPE OF NANKING) in 2004 left her survivors with many questions. Paula Kamen, a longtime friend and fellow author, attempts to provide some answers, using her personal recollections; interviews with family, friends, and colleagues; and Iris's own diaries and writings. Although the book ultimately provides no definitive answers, a more complete portrait of this complex young woman does emerge. Narrator Bernadette Dunne demonstrates her mastery of the audio format. Without resorting to accent or artifice she presents each voice distinctly, clearly defining the individual's personality and emotion. This is an excellent pairing of material and voice artist. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"