Andrew Kwong’s quietly gripping memoir takes us deep into Maoist China and the stark human cost of the Great Leap Forward. With parents from the intellectual class, Andrew’s innocence, optimism and love of the Communist Party is undercut by the persecution his family suffers under Mao’s regime. One Bright Moon is a powerful account of resilience, family and starting anew, as, after years of struggle, Andrew makes a daring escape to ultimately become a doctor in Australia, from where he works to reunite his family.
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Andrew Kwong was born in Zhongshan in the Pearl River Delta, China, and educated in China, Hong Kong and Australia. He works as a family physician on the Central Coast of New South Wales. He has published many short stories and has been the recipient of numerous writing awards and fellowships. His upbringing during the Great Leap Forward was seminal and is detailed in his memoir, One Bright Moon.
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. Currently with The Guardian Australia, she has previously worked at The Australian, the ABC and The Daily Telegraph and is the author of three books, including Rusted Off.